Raymond's Run Poster Project: Special Needs

Created by My Art to Inspire Contributor: Shirini

Students will be able to see the potential and gifts which all people bring to the world. This lesson uses a great short story called “Raymond’s Run” to help students learn that people with special needs are unique and play a valuable role in our culture

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Artistic Type: Drawing/Computer Generated Graphics
Content/Grades: Reading/ 4th-6th Grade

Anticipatory Set: Around the room there will be posters with questions and prompts to engage student thinking. Pass out a stack of post-it sticky notes to each child. Students will have the opportunity to anonymously respond to the posters by using their sticky notes to record their thoughts.

Poster questions could be:
1. Do you know any persons with special needs? If so, what are their special needs?
2. What types of disabilities do you know about?
3. Do you have any questions about a specific disability?
4. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t do something on your own? What was it?

After students have written their response on the sticky notes, go over the posters together. This is a great way to have an open discussion about special needs and disabilities.

Text Sets:
On the next day, after the poster and discussion activity, students will be allowed to browse the text sets which are a collection of picture books and non-fiction articles/medias about special needs. Students will have all class period to read any of the picture books and articles about special needs.

Some sample texts are listed below:
In Jesse’s Shoes by Beverly Lewis
My Friend Has Down Syndrome (Let’s Talk About It) by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability by Pat Thomas
My Friend Has ADHD (Friends with Disabilities) by Amanda Doering Tourville
My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson

Websites to have students listen to during text sets:

On the next day, have students read and discuss the short story titled, “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara.

Culminating Art Activity:
Students will be working in groups of three to create awareness posters about people with special needs. The posters will focus on what people can do in the midst of living with special needs. These posters will be hung up around the school to help foster awareness of the gifts people with special needs bring to our school. Students may use traditional art materials or create their posters using computers.