using Owl Moon in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/h/ initial

Themes:

winter
bravery
self control
mindfulness

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Owl Moon

By Jane Yolen

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is.

This complex winter book can be used in speech therapy to address the theme of bravery. It is also great for figurative language and for targeting inferencing as well as for verbs (regular and irregular past tense)! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Owl Moon in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
inferencing
figurative language
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)
phonological awareness

Vocabulary:

owling, woolen. crunched, crisp, shrugged, pine, clearing, sighed, threading, meadow, pumped

Figurative Language:

simile (trees stood as giants in the sky, it was as quiet as a dream)
metaphor (snow below it was whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl, the moon made a face into a silver mask)
personification (the shadows stained the white snow, shadow bumped after me)

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)
verbs (irregular past tense)

Phonological Awareness:

multi-syllabic words
alliterations

Inferencing:

What do you think the little girl knows about owling before they set off?
Why do you think they are supposed to be quiet when owling?
Why do you think they need to make their own heat?
Why do you have to be brave when going owling?
How do you think they felt when they saw the owl?
What could they be thinking?

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