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Keywords: I-pad Narratives
Subject(s): Autism, Special Needs, Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 6 through 8
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Magee Middle School, Tucson, AZ
Planned By: Robin Fulcher
Original Author: Robin Fulcher, Tucson
Anticipatory Set: Using the Toontastic program available only on an I-pad, the teacher will demonstrate how to create a cartoon narrative.

Students review the content vocabulary. For example, the students study the meanings of the following: element, chemistry, proton, neutron, electron.

Students us paper and pencil to create a draft of their narrative in story form.

Students follow the prompts in the program to create their cartoon narrative.

Students may add their own voices or use recorded voices to narrate their stories.

Students help edit stories in a small group.

Students present their stories to the large group.

Closure: Classmates rate the stories and give two reasons for their rating.

Our students with autism are not able to use a speech recognition program for expressive language. This technology will allow them to more fully access the regular education curriculum.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This lesson would be used in a variety of content areas.
Regular education teachers will be more likely to modify instruction for these students. This will allow students to complete assignments at a higher level of thinking.
Materials: Autism
Other Items: 2 I-pad with 32 gb memory, $580.00 each, total of $1160.00
2 Protective cases with stand, $29.99 each, total of $59.98
2 cords, $11.99 each, total of $23.98