speech and language teaching concepts for America: A Patriotic Primer in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/sh/ medial
/r/ blends (president, dream, secretary, freedom, country etc.)



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

America: A Patriotic Primer

By Lynne Cheney

America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish. To choose the twenty-six people and ideas that comprise the book, Lynne Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of learning about the American past, and on the inspiration that comes from witnessing recent history firsthand. Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser imbues Mrs. Cheney's words with childlike joy through her exuberant drawings. Together they have created a patriotic primer, a book that teaches history by celebrating the diversity, tenacity, and faith of the American people. This A to Z of America frames the story — and the miracle — of our country.

This informative patriotic/America book can be used in speech therapy to address historical vocabulary and important past times. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting /r/, /sh/ and /r/ blend sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using America: A Patriotic Primer in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
text features


America, John Adams,  Constitution, Declaration, proclaim, equality, freedom, allegiance, heroes, ideals, etc.

Text Features:

moving text
change in font
change in text size

If you are interested in seeing other patriotic/America books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.