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8 Easy Steps to Teach Story Grammar Elements in Narratives

  1. Grace says:

    This is now one of my favorite tools/activity to use with my middle school students! The visuals are wonderful! I also love that you provided some ideas for goals using story grammar. So far, my students who have been having such a tough time with reading comprehension and story retell, are doing waaaaaayy better! Thank you thank you thank you!

  2. Hannah Thiesfeldt says:

    When you work with students on story grammar do you formulate their goal toward working on story grammar or just work their language and/or other goals into the lesson?

  3. Susan stuart says:

    I’m having trouble printing in color? I’ve tried several printers and dark lines appear across the page. Any ideas? Will print from a copier with no issues but then it’s black and white.

    • Shannon says:

      Hi Susan! I’m so sorry about that! Try reaching out to TpT Tech Support. They are typically fabulous at helping with technical issues with products! Thanks for reaching out! We will definitely get that fixed!

  4. Lisa Garr says:

    (You have, by the way, created a very nice product here!)

  5. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the links and for your reply! I will check them out when I have a chance!

  6. Cathryn says:

    Hi, I’ve really enjoyed using this with my clients. I now have some that can accurately identify story grammar parts and we are starting to move onto creating or writing their own stories. Would you consider creating a product to help with this? For example, my clients can identify characters, but have no idea how to create one. I have yet to find anything like this! Any ideas? Kind regards, Cathryn (Adelaide, Australia!)

  7. Katie says:

    Hi Shannon, Do you happen to sell just the “Story Grammar Rubric” and the “My Story Parts” separately? I am a telepractitioner and I do not think I can use the other parts of the bundle.

  8. Jeanne says:

    would love to see these materials in “telepractice” form!

  9. Kahalia says:

    Hi Shannon, I cannot tell you how happy I am to have found your post on story grammar. I have been teaching narrative writing for years and no matter how much I try to make it interesting it has always struggle getting students to write proper narratives including all the elements. Now that I have found your interactive and exciting technique I will definitely be utilizing it although sourcing the required materials may be a problem. Thank you so much for sharing, like your student said, I feel like I’m cheating ????????????.

  10. Christine Cooley says:

    Hi! These are so helpful, thank you! I noticed the graphic organizer/ visual next to Step 8 isn’t included in your TPT packet. Would you be willing to share that too? Thanks so much!

  11. Michelle says:

    This blog is so helpful! I am going to buy the story grammar bundle today. I was curious what books/stories you recommend for 3rd through 5th graders to introduce the idea? I need something on their language level but not too “babyish”. Thanks you so much!


  12. May says:

    This product looks brilliant and I am interested in purchasing, I just want to check first that it is suitable for pre-schoolers. I am working with a 4 year old, who has difficulty with narratives.


    • Shannon says:

      Hi May! The visuals should work for preschoolers! The included stories will likely be above their level but you could easily use picture books that you already have instead. Feel free to reach out via email (speechymusings@gmail.com) if you have any other questions!

  13. Sue says:

    I think someone may have asked this…. I am in the process of changing my “following directions” (comprehension) and “sequencing” goals to story grammar goals after reading some of the research you have done. Do you have any goal suggestions or a resource that would be helpful? Thanks!

    • Shannon says:

      I typically measure how many story grammar elements my students can identify from stories (e.g., who is the character, what is the setting, what was the liftoff, etc…) or I measure how many story grammar elements they included in their retell. That typically shows progress pretty nicely for my students!! Hope that helps!

  14. Teresa says:

    I am interested in knowing what books you use to teach story grammar, but when I follow the link you gave, they are missing. It says, “Below are my favorites:” and then just a blank space. Could you please share that list? I want to introduce storybooks with good, solid story lines to the special education preschool teachers I work with, since many of the books they presently use are “list” books, teaching numbers, colors, etc. Let’s work on those language goals in the classroom! Thank you!

    • Shannon says:

      That’s so strange! It should show a list of books from Amazon. I’m fixing that post! Thanks for the heads up!

  15. SYDNEY HASSON says:

    The links are no visible, can you share them in the comments?

  16. Stephany Sedlmayer says:

    Hi! Thank you so much for sharing this. Unfortunately the research link did not work for me. I am trying to find research targeting transition words as an advocate is questioning my goal in that area. Could you update this to include that? Thank you in advance

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