The Day you Begin Back to School Literacy Unit Special Education


Total Pages 29 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book is great for back to school. This unit has various activities to accompany the book The Day You Begin. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading The Day You Begin. There are many opportunities for students to listen to this story about how some students may feel nervous and different during those first days of school.

*****This unit includes 12 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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The Day You Begin Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on ways people are different (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on ways to make a new student feel welcome (includes digital version)
  • Word map with synonyms for brave (includes digital version)
  • Things that make you nervous (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: What makes me special (includes digital version)
  • 12 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 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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