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Unit: English: People with Disabilities

Grade Level: 8th

The Essential Question: What does it mean to have a disability and how can we interact with those who have different abilities than us?

Brief Description:  The students will explore 2 of the  disabilities in the research links page and write a reflective oral presentation on those disabilities.  In their report, they will include what it means to have a disability and how people can interact with those who have different abilities.  They will share a bit about the two disabilities orally, discussing how to relate to those with different disabilities in class. 

Content Standards Addressed by the Project:

  • Reading: Demonstrate comprehension of print and electronic text by responding to questions. (reading process: concepts of print benchmark B)
  • Research: Use style guides to produce oral and written reports that give proper credit for sources. (Benchmark D)
  • Research: Communicate findings, reporting on the substance and processes orally, visually, and in writing or through multimedia. (Benchmark E)
  • Communication: Oral and Visual:  Demonstrate an understanding of effective speaking strategies by selecting appropriate language and adjusting presentation techniques. (Benchmark D)

Student technology standard addressed by project:
  • Creativity and innovation: Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
  • Creativity and innovation: Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • Research and information fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • Technology operations and concepts: They will demonstrate a sound understanding of technology, concepts, systems, and operations.

Learning/Instructional Objectives:
  1. Students will define the two disabilities they have chosen and reflect on how those disabilities affect a person who has them.
  2. Students will consider ways to interact with people having these disabilities.
  3. Students will be able to share their findings orally and in writing.

  1. Internet access (or CD containing relevant web material for those who are not allowed access to the internet).
  2. Computer lab for writing report.
  3. Scanners if needed for images (optional).
  4. See research links for URLs

Students at the Lawrence School, a school for students with learning differences (

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