Preview vocabulary. (5 minutes)
Project or distribute the Vocabulary Words and Definitions, and review as a class. Highlighted words: developmental, ensure, fulfilling, integrated, physical therapists, sarcasm, spectrum, speech therapists
Two texts explore what it’s like to have autism.
Learning Objective: to synthesize information from a personal essay and an interview, and write an essay
1. PREPARING TO READ
2. READING AND DISCUSSING
3. SKILL BUILDING
Why is it important to understand autism? Support your answer with details from both the personal essay and the interview.
In a well-organized paragraph, explain one challenge Connor faced and how he dealt with it.
“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine,” said Alan Turing. (Turing created the first computer used to break codes during World War II and had autism.) What did he mean? How does this idea apply to Connor? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay.
Find a doctor who specializes in autism. Interview that doctor about what autism is and what kind of research is currently being done on autism. Present your findings in an essay or short presentation.
Choose one figure from history who had (or likely had) autism (such as Temple Grandin). Research that person’s life. Then write an essay or create a video about that person.
Literature Connection: Novels featuring characters with autism
Anything But Typical
by Terreece Clarke
by Kathryn Erskine
by Cynthia Lord