using I Dissent in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial
/th/ final
/k/ initial
/j/ initial (“justice” and “judge” “Jews”)


Women’s History Month
Supreme Court

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

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

By Debbie Levy

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

This inspiring Women’s History Month book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like standing up for what you believe in and treatment of women and Jews. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting vocabulary as well as for targeting sounds including: /r/ initial, /th/ final, /k/ initial and /j/ initial! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I Dissent in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode
expository text

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
text features
illustration study


order of events that led to Ruth serving as a justice on the Supreme Court and fighting for what she believed in


culture, disagreement, creaky, inequality, differed, objected, resisted, dissent, immigrant, prejudice, protest, hatched, persisted, timidity, delicacy, dependent, marvelous, concur, judge, Supreme Court, significant

Character Analysis:

Ruth persisted and became a justice even when society looked down upon women and Jews.


standing up for what you believe in
changing laws
women and Jews in the workplace
facial expressions


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Text Features:

bold text
large text
change in font
change in text color
moving font
speech bubbles


What can you infer about Ruth’s mothers personality?
What was Ruth’s mother hoping for?
What did Ruth think about only being able to write with her right hand?
How did Ruth feel about taking sewing and cooking?
What did others think about Ruth’s voice?
How did Ruth feel about her mother dying?
Why did people disapprove of Ruth becoming a lawyer?
How do you think the women in Ruth’s class felt?
How did Ruth feel about the way the Supreme Court portrayed women?
What did the Supreme Court think about Ruth’s ideas?
How did the public start to feel about Ruth?


What do you think Ruth is going to do after her mother died?
What do you think Ruth and Marty will do?
What do you think Ruth will do about the Supreme Court and how they treated women?
What do you think Ruth’s household was like?
What kind of people do you think her children will grow up to be?