Out of My Heart Novel Study for Special Education with chapter questions


Total Pages 280 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper 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 280 page unit on the novel, Out of My Heart 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.




This unit has various activities to accompany Draper’s book, Out of My Heart. 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 as they listen to the sequel to Out of my Mind. In this story, Melody goes to summer camp for the first time and learns the power of friendship as well as a whole bunch of things she never knew she could do. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There are 45 different activities to keep students engaged while you read this novel aloud.


There are 2 complete files to go with this unit. One is in color and one is in BW.


This unit has 5 multiple choice comprehension questions for every 1-2 chapters. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.


***Be sure to check out my novel unit on: Out of My Mind where you will meet Melody for the first time and see how her story begins. CLICK HERE


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



Out of my Heart Unit Includes:

  • 112 pages (2 sets; one in color one in BW) of activities to accompany Out of my Heart
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 45 activities
  • 5 multiple-choice questions for every 1-2 chapters
  • Answer key


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 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