speech and language teaching concepts for I Got the School Spirit in speech therapy​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sp/ initial
/r/ medial 


back to school

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

I Got the School Spirit

By Connie Schofield-Morrison

Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street–VROOM, VROOM!–and in the bell sounding in the halls–RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends–ABC, 123! The school spirit helps us all strive and grow. What will you learn today?

This lyrical back to school book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like first day jitters and looking on the bright side. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for figurative language! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using I Got the School Spirit in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
illustration study​
figurative language​
text features​

Character Analysis:

With fun uplifting lines, the young girl shows us how being positive and looking on the bright side can impact your whole day even when you might be a little nervous.


The young girl is nervous for her first day of school but keeps her spirits high and even shares some spirit with friends!

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (stomp, sizzle, zip, vroom etc.)
personification of spirit

Text Features:

moving text
change in font
change in text size
change in text color
exclamation marks


How do you think she feels about the first day of school?
How does it feel when you get new clothes?
How do you think she has spirit in her new shoes?
How does she eat and pack her bag if she has spirit?
How do the other kids feel compared to her when waiting for the bus?
How do you think spirit can be shared?
How does she breathe in spirit to calm her nerves?
How is she going about her day if she does everything with spirit?
How do others around her feel when she has and gives them spirit?

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