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Seeing the Spectrum

Teaching English Language Arts to Adolescents with Autism

Robert Rozema Jeffrey D. Wilhelm

168 pages
Teachers College Press
With 1 in 59 children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), odds are that students on the spectrum will be in many classrooms across every subject area. Seeing the Spectrum argues that secondary English teachers are uniquely equipped to prepare students with autism for future success, both in school and in life. Writing for preservice and current English language arts teachers, Robert Rozema offers practical, evidence-based strategies for teaching literature, informational texts, writing, and communication to students on the spectrum. These strategies are appropriate for inclusive classrooms with both neurotypical students and students with autism. The final chapter includes a complete unit plan on Of Mice and Men, illustrating how curriculum focused on commonly taught literary works can be reimagined to accommodate the needs and draw on the strengths of students on the spectrum. Book Features: In-depth treatment of historical and contemporary research on autism, including original case studies of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Specific, ready-to-use strategies for teaching literature, informational texts, writing, and communication in the inclusive English language arts classroom. Alignment with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts Standards, grades 6–12.
Author Bio
Robert Rozema is professor of English at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.