Immigration and the United States for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 156 pages plus 32 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on Immigration contains 156 pages plus 32 google slides pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school. This is my first 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 addresses not only what it means to be an immigrant, but touches on the reasons why it can be a controversial topic today. 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 immigration and what it means to be a citizen of the United States. This repetition encourages a true understanding of why this is a hot topic today. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit now includes digital versions of the activities. There are 32 google slides and a movie version of the book. Please watch the video preview to see a walk-through of the differentiated set of google slides.


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



Immigration and the US Unit Includes:


  • 12 day lesson plan with group activities
  • 52 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 8 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activities (includes digital version)
  • Immigration map to color (includes digital version)
  • Immigration writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not book or flashcards) 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.

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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.