speech and language teaching concepts for Shaking Things Up in speech therapy​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ (Ruby)

Themes:

Black History Month
Women’s History Month

Book Details:

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

Shaking Things Up

By Susan Hood

From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin and Lifeboat 12, Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history. In this book of poems, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six-year-old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create. And those are just a few of the young women included in this book.

This beautiful Women's History Month-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional topics like persistence, confidence, and courage. It is also great for targeting inferencing. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Shaking Things Up in speech therapy below: 

 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

biography
poem

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
theme/message
character analysis
social/emotional
verbs (present progressive)
verbs (irregular past tense)
text features
phonological awareness
illustration study

Vocabulary:

patiently, persistently, fearless, invented, empowering

Character Analysis:

Each poem beautifully describes how women overcame obstacles and changed the world through a set skill or situation.

Social/Emotional:

confidence
persistence
courage
determination

Grammar:

verbs (present progressive)
verbs (regular and irregular past tense)

Text Features:

capitalized letters for emphasis
different text spacing and shaping
acronym

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why do you think the title is: “Shaking Things Up”?
How do you think each woman felt to be the ‘first’ woman to do a certain thing?
How did each woman impact the world?
How can you impact the world today?