Where The Red Fern Grows Novel Study for Special Education

Total Pages: 265
File Size: 3 MB



Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. 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 265 page unit on the novel Where the Red Fern Grows is designed for students who have 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 Wilson Rawls’s book, Where the Red Fern Grows. 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 on the adventures of Billy and his two coon dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the Where the Red Fern Grows activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation. There is one or more activities (40 different activities!!) to go with each 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.

***There are 5 multiple choice comprehension questions for every chapter. Each question has 3 picture choices for answers. There is an answer key included.

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


Where the Red Fern Grows Unit Includes:

  • 141 pages of activities to accompany Where the Red Fern Grows
    • Two separate files. One is completely in color and, one is in black and white.
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 40 activities (1 or more for each chapter plus some bonus activities)
  • 5 multiple-choice questions for each chapter
  • 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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