speech and language teaching concepts for pirates love underpants in speech therapy
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Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Pirates Love Underpants

By Claire Freedman

Grab your peg leg and your parrot—and don’t forget the underpants! This wacky picture book pairs pirates and underwear in an uproarious adventure.

These pirates SO love underpants,
They’re on a special quest
To find the fabled Pants of Gold,
For the Captain’s treasure chest.

This laugh-out-loud Underpants adventure is full of pirates, sharks, and treasure. You’ll be yo-ho-ho-ing with hilarity until the pirates conclude their zany expedition!

This super fun pirate-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address story sequencing. It is also great for inferencingDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Pirates Love Underpants in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
figurative language
“pirate talk” syntax
text features
phonological awareness


order of places the pirates travel through to get to the Pants of Gold


wade, quest, fabled, Captain, secret, treasure, unfurl, fancy, swamps, trek, cunning, plan, booty

Figurative Language:

similes (as black as night)


“pirate talk” syntax

Text Features:

exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:



Why do you think the pirates love underpants?
How do the pirates know that someone has already been to the shore?
How do you think the pirates feel about crossing the bridge? Why?
Why do you think the parrot squawks?
Why is the Captain placing his finger over his mouth?
Why don’t the pirates get very far with the underpants around their feet?
Why will you have a red face if the elastic is not in place?


Do you think the pirates will find the Pants of Gold?
Who do you think has been to the shore before?
What do you think the pirates see after they trek through the undergrowth? (refer to “what a sight!”)
Why do you think the Captain suggests to cut the elastic of the other pirate crew’s underpants?
What do you think the pirates will do to get the golden underpants?

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.