Mae Among the Stars Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total pages:  30 pages plus 12 google slides

Teaching Duration: 1 week

Answer Key: included


Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed is a great choice for black history month and is for students with autism and special learning needs who are in middle or high school. This 30 page unit on Mae Among the Stars 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.
****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 12 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.
This story was inspired by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.  She flew the Endeavour in 1992 and was in space for 8 days.
See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.
Mae Among the Stars Unit Includes:
  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on astronauts
  • Thinking map about Mae Jemison
  • Sorting things that are possible vs impossible
  • Matching vehicles to the people who would use them
  • Writing prompt: When I grow up…
  • 12 google slides
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.
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.
I also have a blog post on reading to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES: