speech and language teaching concepts for The Pirates Next Door in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/r/ medial (pirates, Jolly-Rogers)
/j/ initial and medial (Jolly-Rogers, Jim)

Themes:

pirates

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary

The Pirates Next Door

By Jonny Duddle

Meet the Jolley-Rogers — a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship. This unusual family soon has the whole neighborhood gossiping. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda becomes friends with young pirate Jim Lad. When the JolleyRogers return to sea, the town realizes that they were wrong to assume the worst when it is discovered that the pirates have buried treasure in everyone's yard. The neighbors are thrilled, but Matilda is sad to have lost her new friend, until she discovers her own treasure — a pen pal!

This fun pirate-themed book can be used in speech therapy to compare and contrast a pirate's life vs. Tilda's life as well as the attitudes of the residents vs. the pirates' attitudes. This book is also great for targeting rhyming and discussing text featuresDiscover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Pirates Next Door in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)
adjectives
text features
prepositional phrases
compare and contrast
inferencing
predicting
phonological awareness
negation
social/emotional concepts

Sequencing:

order of all the things the pirates were blamed for

Vocabulary:

grog, seaside town, busy, gloomy, neat, dialogue, anchoring, captain, crew, shore, rascal, boring, impressed, sneer, lad, alarming, float

Social/Emotional:

being friends with people who are different from you
being kind to others even if they are not kind to you
being annoyed or scared by someone who is different from you
having selfish feelings
spreading rumors

Grammar:

adjectives
prepositional phrases
verbs (regular past tense)
“pirate talk” syntax
negation

Text Features:

ellipsis
ALL CAPS
speech bubbles
font size
exclamation points

Phonological Awareness:

rhyming

Inferencing:

Why do you think the pirates moved next door?
Why do you think everyone is upset that the pirates moved into the neighborhood?
Why do you think Tilda’s parents would rather her befriend someone else?
Why do you think no one would sit by Jim Lad?
Why is the teacher concerned about what Jim is wearing?
Why do the pirates need suntan lotion?
Why should Tilda use something that floats?
How did the neighbors’ opinions change after they were given gold?
Do you think Tilda will get to travel with Jim?

Predicting:

Who do you think is going to move next door?
Why do you think the Jolly-Rodgers are digging?
What do you think are in the glass bottles?
What do you think the pirates will leave behind?
What do think the Xs are for?
Do you think Tilda will get a letter from Jim?

If you are interested in seeing other pirate books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.