The Wednesday Wars Novel Study for Special Education with comprehension questions


(3 MB|191 pages)



The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt is the focus of this novel 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 191 page unit on the novel The Wednesday Wars 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 Gary Schmidt’s book, The Wednesday Wars. 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 get to experience this story about an unusual friendship that develops between the main character, Holling, and his teacher on Wednesday afternoons. 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 3-4 activities (36 different activities!!) to go with each chapter 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.

*****I have added comprehension questions to this novel unit. There are now 5 questions for each chapter, each with 3 picture answer choices to choose from.

***If you would like a FREE biography of William Shakespeare to go with this unit, sign up for my Free Resource Library by clicking HERE. You will find it in the ELA section and is the perfect companion to this novel unit***

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


The Wednesday Wars Unit Includes:

  • 167 pages of activities to accompany The Wednesday Wars
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 36 activities (3-4 for each chapter)
  • 5 questions for each chapter
  • 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.

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 novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class