speech and language teaching concepts for Ron's Big Mission in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ initial


racial equality

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Late Elementary

Ron’s Big Mission

By Rose Blue

Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flights. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage—it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.

This inspiring historical fiction book (based on real events in his life) is great for character analysis. It is also great for initial /r/ with repetition of Ron’s name throughout. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Ron’s Big Mission in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis


librarian, nervous, check, politely, etc.

Character Analysis:

Ron demonstrates courage when he stands up for what’s right in a local library.


facial expressions
body language
doing something that makes you nervous


verbs (regular past tense)