United States and China Relations for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL



Total Pages 129 pages plus 28 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks



This unit on US and China relations contains 129 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 is my second in a planned series on current events topics that teachers are now being asked to address in middle and high school special education settings.

This unit addresses not only the current state of tension between our two countries, what a trade war is and could mean for the world, but also looks at the bumpy history between our two countries. The information is presented 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 why these two countries often disagree and the potential impact it has on the world’s economy. This repetition encourages a better understanding why this is a hot topic today. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ This unit has digital versions of the printable activities. There are 28 slides that include a set that is completely differentiated. There is also a movie version of the book used in the unit.

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US & China Relations Unit Includes:

  • 10 day lesson plan
  • 54 page book (includes movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • Timeline activities (including large cards, cut and paste activity, and a coloring activity to better visualize how often we have and have not gotten along over the years) (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes digital version)
  • Import/export maps (includes digital version)
  • Cause and Effect activities (includes digital version)
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (except book) 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.