speech and language teaching concepts for The Poppy Lady in speech therapy​ ​

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/s/ initial
/er/ final


Women’s History Month
helping others

Book Details:

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

The Poppy Lady

By Barbara Elizabeth Walsh

When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today.

This inspiring patriotic/America book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like honoring memories of loved ones and having the courage to not give up. It is also great for inferencing and for targeting rich vocabulary as well as for character analysis! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Poppy Lady in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode​

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis​
illustration study​
verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)
text features​


Civil War, drought, planation, Congress, trenches, shudder, plea, democracy, bravery, canteen

Character Analysis:

Moina was a strong woman who always wanted to do more for the soldiers and her country, even when she had obstacles to overcome.


Moina honored the soldiers bravery and commitment by creating a long lasting tradition with the poppies.


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

enlarged text


How do you think she felt when she saw all of the bombs, trenches etc.?
How did the townspeople feel when Wilson was asking for war?
Why do you think the editor was frustrated?
Why do you think she wanted to do more for the soldiers?
How do you think the soldiers felt going to battle?
Why did she want to create a space for the soldiers?
What did the soldiers think about her?
Why do you think she chose poppies?

If you are interested in seeing other patriotic/America books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.