Special Education: Instructional Uses

Reinforce student learning with rich resources1 that provide background knowledge, vocabulary development, and discussion models.


Support multiple learning styles with literary resources in a variety of formats.

  • Explore the diverse collection of resources for Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Build background knowledge and provide opportunities to preteach with author resources.


Recognize and discuss differing abilities with the support of book guides and lesson plans.

  • Journey with Catherine as she grapples with a range of emotions as she moves through life with her brother who has autism with a sample lesson plan for Rules by Cynthia Lord. See more resources here
  • Share a struggling reader's experience in this first-hand account from author Patricia Polacco. Thank You, Mr. Falker is a book of appreciation.

Prepare students for critical reading by developing academic language and vocabulary.


1. Referenced from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. NCLD. (n.d.). Retrieved March 07, 2017, from http://www.ncld.org/.

Referenced from the NCTE National Council of Teachers of English. NCTE / IRA Standards for the English Language Arts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira.

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