Advocating For My Needs in High School

High schoolers enrolled in resource and special needs classes learn and practice how to schedule and conduct a self-advocacy meeting with a teacher to request accommodations in that subject area class. In lesson one they review and discuss procedures developed in previous units and contact the classroom teacher to schedule the meeting. In lessons two learners give an oral presentation describing the meeting and results. A final whole-class discussion focuses on how to improve self-advocacy skills.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Prior to scheduling the self-advocacy meetings, provide classroom teachers with information about the assignment
  • Assist students in contacting classroom teachers for self-advocacy meetings
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson seven in a 10-lesson unit designed for resource teachers and special needs learners
  • Lessons and units should be taught in order
  • Requires KKWL charts and worksheets from pervious units
Pros
  • The scripted lessons are carefully scaffolded
  • Includes an extension activity for lesson two
Cons
  • None