Special Education students and literature!
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I have research and implemented many best practices for
teaching reading to special education students. I have developed a fairly simple philosophy, that more time
spent reading great literature is a great
way to increase reading skills. Based on that philosophy, I have created a
classroom library/ program built on wonderful children’s literature, old and new. These writing frames for complete books, allow special education students to access and respond to literature at their grade level, which may not be their reading level.
I have also found that struggling readers and writers learn skills best when
they are taught in the context of interesting text. Chunking big words, using
context clues, and noticing the author’s craft are a few.
Struggling readers almost always struggle with writing. And in reality, what is
an essential writing skill to have on the job? Writing a summary! I have
developed fun and easy-to-access writing summary frames for four of my
favorite pieces of readable children’s literature: Stone Fox, By the Great Horn
Spoon, Little House in the Big Woods, and My Father’s Dragon. I have never
encountered a child or adult who did not like these books, and most loved them!
The first interactive notebook unit I wrote was for My Father’s Dragon, and one
of my 5th grade boys asked me if I could create another unit for our next class
book. Of course, when a resource student asks for a writing activity, you know
there must be something good about it!
I have also included suggested teaching points for guided reading in each unit.
they are not scripted, and you can take them or leave them. I know that I find it
helpful as a teacher, to have a guide of key vocabulary, themes, and writing
structure to guide my teaching.
I have not included an answer key for the units, partly because there is no correct answer, and the child should think of these
interactive notebooks as a way to tell the story. By
illustrating the stories, this also gives them
ownership and understanding of the reading and
Included in this project: 4 Interactive Literature Writing Notebooks and Guided Reading lessons/teaching points for:
My Father's Dragon
Little House in the Big Woods
By the Great Horn Spoon
also check out my Special Education Manual:How to Be a Resource Specialist