The Legend of the Poinsettia Literacy Unit for Special Ed PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 32 pages plus 14 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This 32 page unit on The Legend of the Poinsettia is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading 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.

Hear about the story of how one girl’s simple gift after a mistake turns into a miracle on Christmas Eve.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 14 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.

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


The Legend of the Poinsettia Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on poinsettias (includes digital version)
  • Circle map on things that can get tangled (includes digital version)
  • Sorting accidents and those done on purpose (includes digital version)
  • Read about miracles and then take a vote (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: My simple gift (includes digital version)
  • 14 google slides


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.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

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 to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class