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Jenna Preszler


British Literature Per. 4

01 December 2017

Annotated Bibliographies

Dalien, Suzie. “Involving Your Child With Special Needs In The Community.” ​Special

Education Resource​, 12 Nov. 2014,

specialedresource.com/resource-center/involving-child-special-needs-community. Web.

28 November 2017.

In this article, Dalien gives reasons to why special education students need to be involved

in their school community and why parents have to help with that process. The support for her

message comes from the degrees Dalien has; Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education

and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she is very well educated and knows what

she’s talking about. Dalien lists several ways in which parents can get their student involved in

the community; Finding community programs within reasonable distances of the home of the

students, asking other parents with special needs children and getting connected with the school

their child goes to. She also suggests creating one’s own activity to better fit the needs of their

child. To do so parents she look up what others have done and always have a support group

behind them when reaching out for new ideas. This article helped my understanding of how

many different ways special education students can get involved not only at their schools but

outside as well.
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Dwight, Valle. “Special Needs Programs and Schools: a Primer.”​Parenting​, 30 Apr. 2015 Print



Web. 1 December 2017.

This article, by Dwight goes into detail about different opportunities and different ways

in which parents can choose what teaching child gets and how they get it. There are many

different paths you can go down depending on your lifestyle and more. The “Individual

Education Plan” is specifically for special need students and allows the students to get the

services they need which really helps with parents and making sure they know there is a team

behind them as they raise their child. Along with the reassurance for parents come the projects

and activities these types of students will experience depending on what kind of school they go

to. An all special needs school has a different community group than a public school with regular

education student walking with the special need students to help socialize them much better. To

help with the social skills special education students learn from their teachers first and then go

out and use those skills. To gain the right skills special education students need the right

environment which is what this article mainly talks about and how important putting your child

in the best school that fits for your family and student is the best. This article helped me

understand that the type of school that special education students go to matter just as much as

what they learn. The curriculum that these students must learn is very different than regular

education and so it needs to be seen and handled differently than regular education.
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Samuels, Christina, and Carmen Constantinescu. “Studies Flag Potential Downside to Inclusion.”

Education Week​, 8 Feb. 2017,


ml​. Web. 28 November 2017.

In this article, Samuels and Constantinescu show that inclusion classes may have an

effect on the students who don’t have disabilities in these classes. They state that some research

has been done to prove this statement by Michael A. Gottfried, an associate professor of

education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his colleagues. The research shows

that the students without disabilities had “more absences, lower math and reading scores in

kindergarten and 1st grade, and were more likely to act out in the classroom or struggle with

social skills” (Samuels and Constantinescu). More research continued to show that most students

affected by these inclusion classrooms were African-American and Hispanic non disabled

students that also came from low-income families. This article relates to my topic of helping

students with disabilities get involved by showing that not all students are going to work well

together and teachers should be able to see that and help the situation.

Team, The Understood. “5 Benefits of Inclusion Classrooms.” ​Understood.org​, 1 Mar. 2017,


egies/5-benefits-of-inclusion-classrooms​. Web. 27 November 2017.

In this article, the Understood Team explains why the inclusion of all students together

benefits them and keeps them from feeling excluded and helps with all aspects of their learning

abilities. They show that through studies made by doctors and education specialist that this

“inclusion” of all students helps everyone benefit through different ways of learning. The article
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explains that students in inclusion classrooms can get help from both the regular education

teacher and the special education teacher if needed which provides more support for all students

in the inclusion classrooms. Along with the benefits of learning from different views, these

students find how they learn best and through that they can find commonalities with other

students who they can relate to and this helps build friendships. This article shows how the

inclusion of all students helps the development of students and their learning abilities and social

aspects. It supports my topic for my capstone because the conformation that special education

student and regular education is good for both parties and that it has been proven to help with

social development.

Zorigian, Kris, and Jennifer Job. “Social Skills in the Classroom.” ​Learn NC​,

www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/6798​. Web. 1 December 2017.

In this article, Zorigian and Job explain how social skills are just as important as

academics and the way in which teachers should go about teaching their special need students.

They have 3 actions that all teachers should do to teach social skills; 1. Planning 2. Instructional

Delivery and 3. Assessment. Zorigian and Job call this the “model-lead-test method” which has

worked for them in there teaching jobs. They suggest this method because you are not just telling

you student what to do but by also acting it out and correcting them when they do it and prasing

them when they do it right is the best way to teach social skills, which in a way is the same as in

teach academically. You must reward them for doing it right same as when teaching academics

and your students gets something for answering the question right. This article helps with my

capstone because it shows that students will react more to what I want to do if I do it first and

lead by example. Since I want to do an art project with the special need students I have to
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understand that I must do it and then they can follow and when the finish it we can have some

sort of positive reinforcement.