Welcome back to Story Grammar Marker week on the blog! Up next is all about Story Grammar Marker and Writing.
Talk to Write, Write to Learn
I was blessed to take the Talk to Write, Write to Learn training under Mary Ellen Moreau, the creater of SGM. When I first started using SGM, I didn’t even think about writing, much less address writing in speech therapy. But one year, I had several older (3rd-5th grade) students on my caseload who were struggling writers, and with the FL Writes standardized writing test coming up, another SLP and I decided to work on logical, sequenced, purposeful, grammatically-correct stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Enter Story Grammar Marker and Writing!
Tackling Writing in Speech
One particular group of 5th grade boys had learned the SGM icons and could easily pick out each story element on their own orally. I just knew they were rocking along as masters of Story Grammar Marker! However, when asked to write a complete episode including all of the story elements on a topic of their choice, they flopped. We couldn’t believe it when we read their stories. They had no purpose, one had no character, they had no conclusion, and don’t even get me started on their grammar and spelling! We decided that they needed to see the process of pre-writing a draft, editing, and producing a final copy that they could be proud of.
No, I’m not ashamed of bribes.
It took a lot of hard work and patience. but with their hard work (and bribing them with McDonalds) we made a tremendous amount of progress! We used the SGM icon stamp collection and the outline worksheets so the students could go back and stamp the story elements in their own work. It was a great visual reminder for them!
Following is one of the students’ first draft followed by his final draft. You’ll notice that through the editing process, he was able to include all of the story elements (macrostructure), but look at how his microstructure improved as well!
Story Grammar Marker in the Classrooms
Instead of just using SGM with my kids in therapy, I met with teachers from different grade levels and did a quick mini lesson for them. Then I went into their classroom during writing and modeled a lesson for the teachers and kids. The kids loved it, and the kids on my caseload loved being able to help teach their peers. SGM works great with ALL kids, not just kids who are language impaired!
SGM’s Talk to Write, Write to Learn kit also comes with big board magnets and stamps, which I adore! They are super easy to use in multiple settings, and the students love them too! After the students complete their writing drafts, I have them use the stamps to stamp out each story element. If they can’t find it to stamp, they know what’s missing!
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