The Declaration of Independence for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 130 pages plus 28 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the Declaration of Independence contains over 120 pages and 28 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism, who are in middle and high school. This unit addresses how and why the Declaration of Independence was written in a 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 the importance of the Declaration of Independence as well as the inalienable rights guaranteed to all. This repetition helps students make connections to this important document and why it is still important today. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.

→ This unit includes digital versions of the activities from this unit. There are 28 google slides (includes differentiated versions) and a movie version of both books.

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Declaration of Independence Unit Includes:

  • 9 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 32 page book (includes movie versions)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 12 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Word map on inalienable (includes digital version)
  • What what in the preamble vs main body (includes digital version)
  • Pursuit of Happiness collage (includes digital version)
  • Vocabulary Word Search
  • Symbol Sudoku Puzzles (2 levels) (includes digital version)
  • 2 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not book or timeline cards) are 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. Plus, it just means a lot to me.