US and Mexico a Current Events Unit for Special Education



Total Pages 171 pages plus 40 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the relationship between the United States and Mexico contains 171 pages and 40 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school. This is the next unit 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 our relationship with Mexico and some of the successes and tensions that have occurred. 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 the importance of having a good relationship with a neighboring country. This repetition encourages a better understanding in order to make personal connections. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


✩✩✩ There are digital activities that go with this unit. There are 2 sets of 20 google slides (one set is differentiated) and a movie version of the book.


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US and Mexico Unit Includes:


  • 12 day detailed lesson plan
  • 55 page book (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 20 Vocabulary cards
  • Vocabulary cut and paste activity (includes a digital version)
  • 2 Circle maps (includes a digital version)
  • Sorting activity (includes a digital version)
  • Map activities (includes a digital version)
  • My Trade Agreement writing prompt (includes a digital version)
  • Sudoku puzzles: 2 levels (includes a digital version)
  • Word search
  • 3 Cut and paste close worksheets (includes a digital version)
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes a 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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