speech and language teaching concepts for There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/sw/ initial
/l/ medial
/ld/ final
/sh/ initial
/p/ initial and final
/r/ medial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map

By Lucille Colandro

There was an old pirate who swallowed a map. I don’t know why she swallowed a map–ARGH!–but it wasn’t a trap!Scholastic’s bestselling OLD LADY is starring in a brand-new adventure series that will make you laugh AND learn! In this new spin-off, the OLD LADY turns into an OLD PIRATE who travels across the seas, swallowing a map . . . and a rope, and a sword, and a spyglass, and an anchor, and a flag, and a treasure. . . Why? Well, it was a pleasure to swallow that treasure! Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about life on the open seas for a light take on nonfiction that’s perfect for this age. With expanded back matter about life on a ship and a search-and-find game at the end, this OLD PIRATE definitely has sea legs!

This pirate-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address concepts like sequencing and predicting. The repetitive text is great for high frequency trials of the following sounds, /sw/, /p/, /r/, /l/, and /sh/. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence
cumulative tale

Narrative Concepts:

phonological awareness
repetitive text
WH questions (why and who)
illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)
pronoun (subject)
text features


order of objects that the lady swallowed


spyglass, line, trap, map, anchor, compass, recline, hoist, sail, quest, stopped, gag, stake, claim, plant


verbs (regular past tense)
WH questions (who and why)
pronoun (subject)- she

Text Features:

repetitive text
speech bubbles
search and find feature

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think the lady will swallow next?
Why do you think she swallowed ______?
Do you think the old lady is REALLY swallowing _________?

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