You heard of Cinderella and Goldilocks. But do you know the other side of the story? You can use these motivating books in speech therapy to promote a ton of language skills!
There are a variety of speech and language goals that can be easily addressed using these books. Students love these books. They are funny and they enjoy them. Why not use this motivation and address some goals?! Even the older speech students love them!
You can work on prediction skills
Can your students guess what the book might be about just using the title and cover image? Can they make predictions while you read about what might happen? Can they defend their responses using evidence or details from the story?
You can work on background knowledge
Have they heard the original story? Can they retell it in their own words, describe it, and use it to help them comprehend this version? While they are reading, can they make connections with vocabulary, concepts, and events that occur? You can use my free visuals on a stick and have some fun identifying experience clues that help them. Grab these visuals HERE.
You can work on compare/contrast
Can they compare the two different versions of the story? How are they similar and different? Can they use compare and contrast vocabulary and respond to compare and contrast questions? Can they complete a Venn Diagram to practice using this graphic organizer for the purpose of comparing and contrasting?
You can work on story recall and sequencing
What was the story about? What were some significant details? Can they answer WH- questions about the story? Can they retell or summarize the story in their own words? Can they express the story elements: characters, setting, problem, solution?
You can work on social skills and verbal expression
What might the characters have said to each other? Can you act it out or create a script/dialogue? How would you have responded to the various characters? Which version was the main character acting appropriately? What would you have done if you were the main character or other characters in the story?
As you can see, there are a variety of goals you can easily address using twisted fairy tales. Let the motivation of the storybooks help keep your students focused and engaged. Don’t want to reinvent the wheel? I have storybook companion packs for several twisted fairy tale books which can help you easily address these goals and more. I did the work so you don’t have to! Click the links below to learn more about the various companion packs that I have.
Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying
Trust Me, Jack’s Beanstalk Stinks
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten