Martin’s Big Words Literacy Unit for Special Education | Black History


Total Pages 30 pages plus 10 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rapport is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Rapport’s book Martin’s Big Words.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading Martin’s Big Words.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this story about Martin Luther King’s life.


*****This unit includes 10 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.


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Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on Martin Luther King (includes digital version)
  • Peaceful ways to cause change (includes digital version)
  • Match opposite words (includes digital version)
  • Make a collage of big words (words and pictures included) (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My Big Words (includes digital version)
  • 10 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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 assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students 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, asking students good questions will push them to think more deeply than before.


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