Matilda Novel Study for Special Education with comprehension questions

Total Pages: 274
File Size: 2 MB



Matilda by Roald Dahl 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 274 page unit on the novel Matilda is designed for students who have 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 novel unit is also part of my Roald Dahl bundle that includes all 4 of my novel units by this author. Save 20% and check it out by clicking below: Roald Dahl BUNDLE

This unit has various activities to accompany Roald Dahl’s book, Matilda. 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 on the adventures of Matilda, Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull, and others. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the Matilda activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There are one or more activities (36 different activities!!) to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

*** This novel unit now contains comprehension questions. There are 5 questions for each chapter with 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.

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


Matilda Unit Includes:

  • 224 pages of activities in 2 separate files (one in color and one in BW)
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 36 activities (1 or more for each chapter plus some bonus activities)
  • 68 vocabulary cards separated by chapter
  • 5 comprehension questions for each chapter with 3 picture answer choices


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 am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

★★★ If you like using novels in your classroom, check out these other novel studies:

Charlotte’s Web
Stuart Little
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Wizard of Oz
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Where the Red Fern Grows
Sarah, Plain and Tall

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