When you Reach Me Novel Study for Special Education with chapter questions


Total Pages 302 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 month


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Newbery Medal Winner in 2010. 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 302 page unit on the novel When You Reach Me 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 Stead’s book When You Reach Me. 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 listen to this story about Miranda and how she tries to figure out middle school friendships and where these mysterious notes that seem to predict the future are coming from. 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 is one activity (56 different activities!!) to go with every 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.

This unit has 5 multiple choice comprehension questions for every 3 chapters. Each question has 3 picture answer choices. An answer key is included.

If your students love this book, you will want to check out my novel unit on A Wrinkle in TimeCLICK HERE

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


When You Reach Me Unit Includes:

  • 302 pages of activities to accompany When You Reach Me
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 56 activities (one for each chapter)
  • 5 multiple-choice questions for every 3 chapters
  • 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.

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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