speech and language teaching concepts for We Will Rock Our Classmates in speech therapy​ ​
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/n/ medial
/l/ medial and final
/r/ initial
/or/ final
/s/ medial


back to school

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Elementary

We Will Rock Our Classmates

By Ryan Higgins

Penelope is a T. rex, and she’s very good at it. She also likes to rock out on guitar! With the school talent show coming up, Penelope can’t wait to perform for her classmates. But sharing who you are can be show-stoppingly scary, especially when it’s not what people expect. Will Penelope get by with a little help from her friends?

This adorable back to school and dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like self-doubt and self-confidence. It is also great for noticing character expressions and for targeting character analysis as well as for describing! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using We Will Rock Our Classmates 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​


rock n roll, ferocious, nervous, brave, rehearsal, kind, caring, creative, adventurous, bright

Character Analysis:

Penelope wants to be more than just a T.Rex and signs up to show her friends how well she can rock out. When they start to question if dinosaurs can even play guitar, she finds herself spiraling with self-doubt and feels like she can’t do anything but be a dinosaur. When her dad and friends show her some support, she shines on stage at the end.


Penelope experiences self-doubt as she strives to be more than just a dinosaur.

facial expressions


verbs (action)
verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:

speech bubbles
thought bubbles


How do you think Penelope stood out?
Why was Penelope upset when they saw her as just a dinosaur?
How did other animals feel about Penelope?
How did Penelope feel when she played the guitar?
Why do you think Penelope was nervous about playing?
How did Penelope feel as she wrote her name on the sign up sheet?
What did the other students think about Penelope playing guitar at rehearsal?
How did their doubt make her feel?
Why did Penelope not play games at school the next day?
Why do you think her dad is showing her all these photos?
Why did Walter almost lose his nerve?
Why do you think her classmates wanted to play in a band with her?
How did Penelope feel on stage?

If you are interested in seeing other back to school and dinosaur books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.