The Cart that Carried Martin Literacy Unit for Special Education | Black History


Total Pages 30 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Cart that Carried Martin by Eve Bunting is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany Bunting’s book The Cart that Carried Martin.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Cart that Carried Martin.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they listen to this true story about Martin Luther King’s funeral procession and an ordinary cart pulled by ordinary mules.


*****This unit includes 14 google slides and a version of the book read aloud. Perfect for an independent learning center. The slides are separated into 2 files. One is regular and one is differentiated with color for more support.


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Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on funerals (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on what is ordinary (includes digital version)
  • What made Dr. King a great man (includes digital version)
  • Venn diagram: borrow or steal (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: I saw the car pass by (includes digital version)
  • 5 multiple-choice comprehension questions
  • 14 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into 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 assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students 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, asking students good questions will push them to think more deeply than before.