Radiant Child Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 33 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 2017. This 30 page unit on Radiant Child 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.

This is the true story of the famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

****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.

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


Radiat Child Unit Includes:

⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.

In the zipped folder you will find:

  • Radiant Child activities in color
  • Radiant Child activities in black and white
  • Links and directions to digital activities (includes video of book read aloud)


Radiant Child Activities:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on art (includes digital version)
  • Word map on radiant (includes digital version)
  • Sorting characters who are and are not famous (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing main events from the story (includes digital version)
  • Color by number
  • Writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • 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:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class