speech and language teaching concepts for If I Ran For President in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/pr/ initial
/z/ medial
/r/ initial
/k/ initial and medial
/p/ initial and final



Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

If I Ran For President

By Catherine Stier

Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts! If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results―will you be the next president of the United States?

This informative patriotic/America book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like going after what you believe in. It is also great for noticing illustrations and for targeting vocabulary as well as for /pr/, /z/, /r/, /k/ and /p/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using If I Ran For President in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study​
text features​
repetitive text​


order of events to become president


president, declare, candidacy, campaign, caucuses, Democrats, Republicans, conventions, delegates, debate, election, White House, Inauguration Day


Each child explains what they would do when running for president based on what they thought was important.

Text Features:

repetitive text
enlarged text
change in text color

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.