Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures Novel Study for Special Education


Total Pages 183 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Newbery Medal Winner in 2014. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 180 page unit on the novel Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures 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.


This unit has various activities to accompany DiCamillo’s book, Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures. 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 as they listen to the story about a special girl and a spectacular squirrel. Follow Flora and Ulysses on this wonderful adventure. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There are 2 or more activities (31 different activities!!) to go with every 5 chapters as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

There are 2 complete files to go with this unit. One is in color and one is in BW.

This unit has 5 multiple choice comprehension questions for every 5 chapters. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key and reference pages for the questions are included.

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


Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures Unit Includes:

  • 183 pages of activities to accompany Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 31 activities (2 or more for each section)
  • 5 multiple-choice questions for every 5 chapters
  • 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 some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class