This Very Tree 9/11 Literacy Unit Special Education | September 11


Total Pages 28 pages plus 12 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


This Very Tree by Sean Rubin is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit has various activities to accompany the book This Very Tree.


The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through reading This Very Tree.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information learning the true story about a tree that survived 9/11 and is now growing again in the plaza where the towers once stood.


*****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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This Very Tree Unit Includes:


  • Storyboard
  • Circle map about things hurt and injured on 9/11 (includes digital version)
  • Picture map on things trees give us (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things good and bad for trees (includes digital version)
  • Sequencing events that happened to the tree (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: I am the Survivor tree (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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