Molly’s Pilgrim Thanksgiving Literacy Unit for Special Education


Total Pages 44 pages plus 16 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 44 page unit on Molly’s Pilgrim is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading 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.

Hear about the story of a Jewish immigrant girl trying to learn about the American custom of Thanksgiving.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 16 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. 

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Molly’s Pilgrim Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on what being mean looks like (includes digital version)
  • Sorting compliments vs insults (includes digital version)
  • Thinking map: Why people cry (includes digital version)
  • Modified writing prompt: Things that make me embarrassed (includes digital version)
  • STEM activity: making a clothespin doll
  • 10 multiple-choice comprehension questions (includes digital version)
  • 16 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:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class