Slavery Unit for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 121 plus 28 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Slavery Unit contains over 100 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism. This unit on slavery addresses this difficult subject in a respectful and simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on slavery. This repetition encourages true appreciation and personal connections to the history of slavery. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is also a social story included addressing why we have to learn about difficult topics such as slavery.

✩✩✩This unit now includes google slides for most of the activities found in the printable version. Now you can use the same material to teach face to face AND remotely.

✩✩✩This unit now includes an 8-day lesson plan.

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Slavery Unit Includes:

  • 28 google slides
  • movie version of book
  • 25 pg. story with photos
  • Voice recorded PowerPoint
  • Vocabulary board**
  • Vocabulary cards**
  • Cut and paste vocabulary review (differentiated)
  • Circle map reviewing slavery facts
  • Cut/paste timeline
  • Map identifying the Mason-Dixon line (differentiated)
  • BW booklet making personal connections to the concept of slavery
  • Assessments (3 versions)
  • 14 pg social story: Why Do I Need to Learn That?

**: provided in color and BW


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in 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 fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to 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, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

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

Consider adding the following unit to your Black History Month lessons as well which covers the life of Martin Luther King Jr as well as Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman:

Martin Luther King & Rosa Parks Unit
Harriet Tubman Unit

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