Doctor Dolittle Novel Study for Special Education with Comprehension Questions


164 pages

File size: 3MB


The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting is the focus of this literacy unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. It uses the version with ISBN 0-486-43883-X. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special ed students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 164 page unit on the novel Doctor Dolittle is designed for students who have 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.


This unit has various activities to accompany Hugh Lofting’s book, Doctor Dolittle. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on what happens when Doctor Doolittle heads to Africa with his trusty friends to save a land of sick monkeys. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the Doctor Doolittle‘s activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is an activity to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

****There are now comprehension questions for this novel unit. There are 3 questions for each chapter with 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


The Story of Doctor Dolittle Unit Includes:

  • 61 pages of activities based on the novel The Story of Doctor Dolittle
    • One file in color
    • One file in BW
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation
  • 23 activities (one for each chapter)
  • 3 questions for each chapter
  • Answer key


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.

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I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class