The Mouse and the Motorcycle Novel Study for Special Education

Total Pages: 103
File Size: 1 MB



The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary is the focus for this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. 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 103 page unit on the novel The Mouse and the Motorcycle is designed for students who have 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 Beverly Cleary’s book, The Mouse and the Motorcycle. 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 on what happens to Ralph the mouse and the main character, Keith. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of The Mouse and the Motorcycle activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There are 1-2 activities to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.S

There are 2 complete files to go with this unit. One is in color and one is in BW.

***There are 5 comprehension questions for most chapters. Each question has 3 picture choices for answers. There is an answer key included.

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


Unit Includes:

  • 154 pages of activities to accompany The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 23 activities (one or more for each chapter)
  • 5 comprehension questions for each chapter

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.

★★★ If you like using novels in your classroom, check out these other novel studies:

Charlotte’s Web
Stuart Little
Because of Winn-Dixie
Wizard of Oz
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Where the Red Fern Grows
Sarah, Plain and Tall

I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class