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DSE Lesson Plans

While Anti-Ableist Teachers make a number of considerations when writing and implementing lessons, two questions lead their work: 1. What am I explicitly and implicitly teaching about disability and other forms of difference? and 2. How am I ensuring access to learning? The lesson plans here make these considerations and align with DSE tenets. Use them in your own teaching or as models for creating your own plans.

For Elementary

Grade 1-3

Grade 3-5

Grade 1-3

Grade 4

Grade K-3

Analyzing the Disability Perspective in The Wonderful Life of a Fly Who Couldn’t Fly (Lozoff, 2002)

Empowerment and Disability: Proud-Deaf

My Friend Isabelle

Integrating Disability with Patricia Polacco Books

Understanding Social Diversity

For Middle Grades

Grade 4-8

Grade 6-8

Grade 5-8

Grade 6-9

Grade 5+

Grade 7-8

Grade 5

Advocacy and Audiograms

Learning from disabled authors—empowerment, anti-ableism, and understanding oppression

Introduction to Student-Led IEPs

Silent Communication

(Series of Lessons) Disrupting Normalcy In Dance

(Series of Lessons) Building an Inclusive Space Lesson

(Series of Lessons) Disability Respect Lessons

For High School

Grade 11

Grade 11

Grade 12

Grade 11

Grade 11-12

Grade 10-12

Grade 8-12

Synthesizing Narratives to Dismiss Notions of Normalcy

Am I Represented?

Disability Stereotypes in Literature & Media

(Series of Lessons) Challenging Normalcy: Lessons for a High School History Classroom

(Series of Lessons) Language Arts: Divergence and Stigma

Identifying Social Structures of Disability

“I Can Be Assertive!”

For Professional Development & Continuing Education

  • Challenging Normalcy Project: Professional Book Study

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