From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Novel Study for Special Ed


Total Pages 120 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. 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 120 page unit on the novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 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 Konigsburg’s book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. 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 get to listen to this story about two children who run away and hide for a week in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are finally returned back home by Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler after they exchanged each other’s secrets. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is 1 activity (18 different activities!!) to go with each chapter 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 chapter. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.



Be sure to check out my other novel unit by E.L. Konigsburg, The View from Saturday.



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



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Unit Includes:

  • 118 pages of activities to accompany From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 18 activities (1 or more for each chapter)
  • 5 multiple choice questions for each chapter


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