Age of Enlightenment Unit for Special Education with digital activities



Total Pages 144 pages plus 32 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the Age of Enlightenment contains 140 pages and 32 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit addresses the main characteristics and people during the Age of Enlightenment in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on learning about this time in history when people started questioning everything. This repetition encourages a true understanding of this important time in history. Finally, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩This unit now has digital versions of the activities from this unit. There are now 32 google slides and a movie version of the book.

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Age of Enlightenment Unit Includes:

  • 9 day lesson plan
  • 36 page book (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board to use while teaching the lesson
  • Circle maps to review main facts and people (includes a digital version)
  • 16 vocabulary cards as well as cut and paste activities (includes a digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes a digital version)
  • Booklet reviewing important people and their contributions (includes a digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes a digital version)
  • 2 cloze worksheets (includes a digital version)
  • Assessment (3 versions) (includes a digital version)

Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in 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 fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to 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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