speech and language teaching concepts for Sweep in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/d/ final
/b/ initial
/m/ initial


shades of feelings
size of the problem

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


By Louise Greig

Ed’s bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed sweep his troubles away?

This thought provoking feelings/emotions book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like shades of feelings, coping skills, interoception, and size of the problem. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting figurative language as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Sweep in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
figurative language
verbs (mental state)
text features
size of the problem

Character Analysis:

When something small causes Ed to be in a bad mood, his mood takes over and affects everything around him. When Ed starts thinking about how he really feels, he realizes that things aren’t so bad and begins to see the bright side of things again.


Ed allows his mood to take over even though his initial problem was really rather small.

Figurative Language:

idioms (blow over, made his heart sing, cleared the air)
similes (like a whirlwind in a teacup)


verbs (mental state)

Text Features:

enlarged text
moving text


How do you know that Ed is in a bad mood?
How do you think he was feeling if his mood swept over him in a raging storm?
What path do you think it swept him down?
How did the things that were in Ed’s way feel when he came by?
What do you think Ed is doing with his feelings on this “path”?
Why do you think he couldn’t focus on the beautiful things?
Why do you think he kept going?
What do you think Ed was wondering about?
How do you think our bad moods affect other people?
Why do you think Ed started to wish it would all blow over?
What happened when his mood took too much out of him?


Why do you think Ed is in a bad mood?
What do you think was the small thing that started his bad mood?
What do you think will happen when Ed’s feelings and pile of things in his way gets too big?
What do you think Ed and his bad mood were trying to prove?
What do you think Ed will do?