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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

F17 - Beyond Graphic Organizers: Strategies for Developing Narrative and Expository Language

Nov 10, 2017 10:00am ‐ Nov 10, 2017 11:30am

Standard: $20.00


This interactive session, for instructors working with elementary, middle, and high school students with language-learning disabilities, provides concrete, theme-centered strategies for supporting language skills at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels. During the presentation, an emphasis is placed on leveraging semantic-feature analysis and micro-discourse for developing cohesion and elaboration of the personal sequence narrative (PSN). Participants see how these PSN techniques help to bridge narrative and expository discourse skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • MULTISENSORY STRUCTURED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION: Recognize the nature of dyslexia and related language learning disabilities and the role of multisensory structured language instruction (MSL).
  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine the role of vocabulary acquisition and ability in listening and reading comprehension, and in speaking and writing.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Discover the relationship between language development and acquisition of reading, written language and math proficiency.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine effective practices for teaching specific language comprehension strategies for the students who are struggling with reading.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine effective practices for developing writing skills.

Disclosure: Charles Haynes is the co-author of From Talking to Writing (2002) and received royalties from the sales of this book. No relevant financial relationship exists.


  • Charles W. Haynes, EdD., CCC-SLP, Professor, Clinical Supervisor, MGH Institute of Health Professions

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