A Boy Called Slow Literacy Unit for Special Education | Native Americans


Total Pages 29 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Bruchac’s book A Boy Called Slow.

The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading A Boy Called Slow.

There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this true story about Sitting Bull as a child and how he got his name.

*****This unit includes 12 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.

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Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on bravery (includes digital version)
  • Circle map with facts about the Lakota (includes digital version)
  • Match nickname to picture of a person (includes digital version)
  • Make you own nickname (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My Hero (includes digital version)
  • 12 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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