Global Connections Current Events Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages  188 pages plus 40 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Global Connections contains 188 pages and 40 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school. This is the next unit in a planned series on current events topics that teachers are now being asked to address in middle and high school special education settings.

♥♥♥ This unit now includes digital versions of the printable activities. There are 40 google slides and a movie version of the book. Please see the video preview for a walk-through of the slides.

This unit addresses how every student can make local AND global changes when it comes to making our world a stronger and healthier place. The information is presented 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 the importance of global connections and how the choices we make affect people all over the world. This repetition encourages a better understanding in order to make personal connections. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩This unit now included a 13 day detailed lesson plan!!✩✩✩

See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


Global Connections Unit Includes:

  • 13 day detailed lesson plan
  • 64 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 15 Vocabulary cards
  • Vocabulary cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • 3 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • What can I do? activity (includes digital version)
  • Global Connections writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • Pledge cards (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary puzzles (includes digital version)
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (except book) are in color and BW.


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.

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. Plus, it just means a lot to me.