US Foreign Policy a Current Events Unit for Special Ed with Lesson Plans



Total Pages 193 pages plus 46 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the relationship between the United States and other foreign countries contains almost 200 pages and 46 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle and high school. This is the last 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 foreign policy, its goals, main supporting organizations like the United Nations, and why it is so important. 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 many foreign countries. 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.

✩✩✩ This unit has digital versions of the printable activities. There are 46 slides (including a set of differentiated slides) and a movie version of the book.

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US Foreign Policy Unit Includes:

  • 14 day detailed lesson plan
  • 63 page book (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 20 Vocabulary cards
  • Vocabulary cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • 7 Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Venn Diagram activity (includes digital version)
  • My Foreign Policy writing prompt (includes digital version)
  • Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word Search
  • 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.