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Build a Story

This homemade "Build a Book" allows a student with visual impairments to flip through the book to find character, setting, event, and conclusion ideas for a story.

I have found that our students, like their non visually impaired peers, have trouble creating a story from original thought. I bought the pictured book from Oriental Trading, but it has been discontinued. However, Lakeshore Learning has it.

I like it as the student can flip through the book to find the character, setting, event, and conclusion ideas. They can then create a story around that.

Writing stories is a great way to verify a student’s understanding of grammar, spelling, sentence/paragraph structure… not to mention working on editing skills. I like to share the stories with their teachers so that they can also know what skills might need more work and where the strengths are…

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Character, Setting, Event, Conclusion with braille labels
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Braille labels on examples


To adapt it, I simply added the braille to each of the pages. For a low vision student, I would enlarge each of the pages and attempt to recreate the book the same way this one is set up.

Build a story collage

Colored illustration of animals with alphabet letters A, B, C, D
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Alphabet Objects

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Ideas for Teaching Tracking and other Tactile Skills

Alphabox showing an apple in the position of dot 1 in a braille cell
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