Taking Down Syndrome to School

Teach your class about the ways they can befriend and understand people who are different from them with a reading comprehension lesson plan. As youngsters read Taking Down Syndrome to School by Jenna Glatzer, they answer a series of discussion questions about Nick, the main character, and the way he is treated. Next, they complete activities and create summaries of the story to demonstrate understanding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a unit or school-wide focus about acceptance and diversity
  • Have pupils discuss what they already know about Down syndrome or other people with disabilities
Classroom Considerations

  • Due to the subject matter of the lesson, be sure class members understand that they should discuss the story with sensitivity
  • Lesson references a Down syndrome quiz that may or may not be available in the books you find for your class
Pros

  • Promotes acceptance and empathy with younger learners
  • Provides links to several resources, such as the Museum of disABILITY and the National Down Syndrome Society
Cons

  • Graphic organizers for the closure section are not available; consider making your own