Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tips for writing your own adapted books

Literacy has always been something that gets me all excited in the classroom! I use books in print and technology based books during literacy lessons, but I also use A LOT of adapted books that I personally create. Writing adapted book intimidates a lot of people, but it doesn't have to be super time-consuming or stressful! Writing your own books is AMAZING because then you can individualize the books for your specific student/ classroom needs. Here a few tips for making the most of writing your own adapted books:

Link your books to the common core standards

Creating books that relate to the common core is a great way to teach your students common core content in a way that is meaningful for your kiddos. Science and social studies can be particularly tough for special education teachers to squeeze into their schedules, so it's a great idea to "hit two birds with one stone" by embedding science and social studies into your adapted books when possible! I love to write adapted science books about animals and life cycles and geography books about different states, countries, land forms, etc.

Here are a few examples of books I've made that link to science standards:

Link your books to your students' IEP goals
Our students need every opportunity possible to work on their IEP goals. With a little creativity, it's pretty easy to embed IEP goals into adapted books! I typically make books around math IEP goals (counting, numbers, colors, money, addition, shapes, etc.) and obviously around literacy goals too. 

For example, If you have a kiddo who has a counting IEP goal, you can make counting books like this:

If you have a kiddo with an IEP goal on identifying colors, make a book like this:

If you have a kiddo with a goal around asking "wh-" questions during a book, put comprehension questions in your book like this:

Pick a template & just keep editing it
You don't have to reinvent the wheel every time you make a new adapted book. Find (or make) a template that you like and just keep editing the template to make new books! The type of template you use will probably depend on how you're going to use the book (are you printing, laminating and velcroing it or are you using it on an iPad?). 

Here's my simple process for making/ editing the templates:
-I use PowerPoint to make all of my books.
-I have a few basic adapted book templates saved on my computer (see below if you want to download my templates for free)
-When I want to make a new book, I copy & paste the template I want and save it as the book title. (I make a copy so I'm not editing my original template).
-Then I just simply add text, pictures and comprehension questions to the template. 
-It's a super quick and easy process- Once you get the hang of editing the templates, you should be able to write a book in less than 10 minutes! 

I have two free adapted book templates on my TpT, you can download them by clicking the links below.
Interactive book template 1
Interactive book template 2

Let me know if you have any clarifying questions about my process for making the books! Do you have any tips for writing your own adapted books? I'd love to hear them!


  1. What clip art do you use? I am working on making non fiction adapted books that are same theme/topic as the general education reading series but I'm having trouble with the pictures.

    1. Hi Brittinae!

      Here are the clipart websites I use the most:

      I also use a lot of pictures from Google, but you just have to be careful with photos that are copyrighted!

      Another option is to take pictures of the pictures in the text from the general ed reading (just with your cell phone) and then you can insert that into the book.

      I hope this helps!


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