Unit Plan

Learning About Special Education

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The lessons in the second unit in a three-unit series provide students with the historical background of disability education. After reading about events that impacted attitudes towards disabilities and how learners are identified for special needs classes, class members record their own educational experiences in their journals.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members research the history of and the treatment of their special need as well as adaptations that are available
Classroom Considerations
  • The second unit in a three-unit series
  • Presumes a protocol is in place for the safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
  • Although designed for the special needs classroom, the activities are appropriate for any classroom
  • Requires students to have the journals they create for the previous unit
  • Includes historical background information to share with the class
  • Provides links to related videos
  • None