Desmond and the Very Mean Word Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Includes:  32 pages and 12 google slides

Duration: 1 week

Answer Key:  included


Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams is a great choice for black history month and is for students with autism and special learning needs. This 32 page unit on Desmond and the Very Mean Word is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.
Students will get to hear a true story from Desmond Tutu’s childhood, and how even at an early age, learned the power of forgiveness and unconditional kindness.
****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 12 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.
See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.

Desmond and the Very Mean Word Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • Desmond and the Very Mean Word activities in color
  • Desmond and the Very Mean Word activities in black and white
  • Links and directions to digital activities (includes video of book read aloud)


Desmond and the Very Mean Word Activities:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on forgiveness
  • Circle map on kindness
  • Sequencing the steps to a sincere apology
  • Sorting insults versus compliments
  • Writing prompt: I can forgive
  • 12 google slides
There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting but also for exposing them to age-appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.
As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 
I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.
I also have a blog post on reading to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES: