speech and language teaching concepts for how to be a pirate in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial and final (pirate, parrot) (ship)
/sh/ initial
/r/ medial (pirate, parrot)



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

How to Be a Pirate

By Sue Fliess

Little landlubbers get to earn their sea legs on a pirate ship amidst the goofiest pirates ever. There’s lingo to learn (Gangway! Blimey! Yo-ho-ho!), a pirate look to choose (Pick a parrot for your arm. Every pirate’s lucky charm!), and most importantly, pirate rules to learn (No more toothpaste! Farewell, bath! Once ye choose the pirate path!). This rollicking read-aloud will be a hit among boys, girls, and parents alike!

This cute pirate-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address rhyming. It is also great for character analysis as the book describes how to be a pirate. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How to be a Pirate in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
phonological awareness


order of steps on how to be a pirate


raft, deck, manners, lucky charm, enemy, aim, trap, outrun, cheer

Character Analysis:

Pirates are welcoming, but have poor manners. They don’t follow rules and are not very clean. Pirates work as a team to overcome obstacles.


“pirate talk” syntax

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in using How to be a Pirate and other pirate-themed books in speech therapy, then check out these print-&-go cheat sheets. Perfect for when you don’t need a full book companion. 

If you are interested in seeing other pirate-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.