A Yummy Read!
I have always enjoyed children's literature, and enjoy using
children's books in my therapy sessions. I always hope that I'm doing the
books, and my students' goals, justice. Because of this, I really enjoyed the
ADVANCE Webinar Narrative
Development: Beyond Story Grammar presented by Maryellen
Rooney Moreau, MEd, CCC-SLP.
This webinar gave some wonderful tips and reassurances about
the value of working with our students on narratives. I loved the reminder that
one of the most important things we hope for our students is for them to tell
us stories, whether it's a story about what happened over the weekend, talking
about what happened in a movie they've seen, or retelling a story for academic
I discovered that Maryellen Rooney Moreau has a company that sells lots of cool-looking
materials which target narratives. Unfortunately, most of them are out of my
price range right now (however there are free handouts if you listen to the
ADVANCE Magazine Webinar.) I tried to copy the structure onto my white board as
a guide for my students.
I have reintroduced the story grammar markers to my
students, and have chosen books with a clear structure to read with them. This
week, my students have enjoyed a story called "Arnie the Doughnut" by Laurie
Arnie is a doughnut, made in a bakery and bought by a man
named Mr Bing. Arnie is so excited to leave the bakery for his new home that
he's terrified and astonished to learn that he will be eaten! Not only is there a clear narrative
structure, but there are lots of feeling words (and I was reminded in the
webinar of the importance of emphaisizing those!).
I found this delightful book in my school library and surfed
the net to see if I could find any Arnie tie in activities, and all I found was a coloring page (there may be some cartoons on YouTube, but I
haven't made that leap yet). I decided to send the coloring page home with
instructions for my students to dictate the story to their parents, in order to
practice retelling. They were excited to do that and share this fun story with
I enjoy seeing which books Sean Sweeney has written about in
his book series on this blog. Have any of you found some new ones
recently? Do you work on narratives? If
so, please let me know in the comment section below or on the ADVANCE Facebook page!