speech and language teaching concepts for Rosa in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/p/ initial
/r/ initial
/ar/ medial

Themes:

Black History Month
Women’s History Month
perseverance
Bravery

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Late Elementary, Middle School

Rosa

By Nikki Giovanni

Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni's evocative text combines with Bryan Collier's striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.

This powerful Black History Month themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like segregation, courage, and equality. It is also great for targeting inferencing and predicting. ย Discover more of the speech and language teachingย concepts for using Rosaย in speech therapy below:ย 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode
biography

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
inferencing
predicting
verbs
social/emotional
sequencing

Sequencing:

order of events that led to Rosa making a stand for equality

Vocabulary:

seamstress, neutral, strength, threatened, civil rights, trespassing, integrity, dignity

Character Analysis:

Rosa stands up for justice by courageously not giving up her seat on the bus. She showed great strength and leadership for people of all color.

Social/Emotional:

bullying
persistence
determination
courage
leadership
equality

Grammar:

verbs (irregular and regular past tense)

Inferencing:

How did Rosa Parks feel when she was asked to give up her seat?
How did those sitting around feel?
How did she feel staying in the seat while being asked to leave?
Why did Rosa disobey the “authorities”?
How did her decision impact others around her?

Predicting:

What will happen when Rosa doesn’t give up her seat?
What will the women do that find out about Rosa’s courageous stand?
How will Rosa’s decision impact the future of segregation?