Top 10 Must Haves for an Inclusive SPED Teacher (4)

Monday, August 1, 2016
If you haven't had the chance or are just tuning into my Back To School Special, take some time to read through the previous posts in this series! It's worth your while!
  1. Highlighting Tape/ Highlighters
  2. Sticky Graphs/ Graph Patches
  3. iPads & Apps

Graphic Novels (Comics?)

I didn't have any of my novels with me, so I had to grab images from Google.
Here's one of the most popular series we have in our classroom.
One of the hardest things when it comes to working in a Middle School setting is ensuring that your babies/minions/kiddos/squad aren't getting "flagged" by others as "different." It takes the biggest toll on their self-confidence, even if it's what they need! Read more below!


Last year, I purchhased the novel El Deafo and LOVED IT. It was a graphic novel that focused on including others even though they may be "different." It was highly recommended by Scholastic Book Club and was featured in thise book ordering forms. My co-teacher and I co-planned together and decided that this book was a great for students who read well below grade level. The group ranged anywhere from Reading Levels  F - O. In this group, we'd work on comprehension and decoding skills with the assistance of the visuals/ graphics in the novel. Students LOVED it. It didn't seem different, more like they were the lucky group that scored a comic as a novel study assignment. It's honestly an easy way of having students read books that are grade appropriate when they don't read at grade level. The images really help with figuring out new words since students can look at the image and the images help reenforce their comprehension. 

Later on, students who read at or above grade level requested if they could read it as their free time reading book! I started purchasing other graphic novels since the demand was getting pretty high. 
Here are some of recommendations, or rather, the recommendations of my students:
  1. The Baby Sitter's Club Series (Hit or Miss)
  2. El Deafo (great 'inclusive' novel to begin the school year with)
  3. Romeo & Juliet
  4. Amulet
  5. "Marvel" Heroes Series (there's so many of these; the male students love it!)
  6. Big Nate
  7. Roller Girl
  8. Raina Telgemeier Box Set (as pictured above)
  9. "I Funny" Series (huge hit with the male students)
  10. Flora & Ulysses
  11. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly


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