The Crossover Novel Study for Special Education


Total Pages 156 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Newbery Medal Winner in 2015. 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 150 page unit on the novel The Crossover 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 Alexander’s book, The Crossover. 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 story crafted in a series of poems about a boy, his brother, and their love for basketball. They are twins, they have amazing talent, and they have a dad who will die from heart disease before they ever leave high school. 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 2 or more activities (26 different activities!!) to go with each section of 20-25 pages as your students stay 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 section of approximately 20-25 pages. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key and reference pages for the questions are included.

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


The Crossover Unit Includes:

  • 156 pages of activities to accompany The Crossover
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 26 activities (2 or more for each section)
  • 5 multiple-choice questions for each section of 20-25 pages
  • 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 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 novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class