This novel unit has it all! Reading skills include: vocabulary (grouped by every three - four chapters with an emphasis on application), main idea, sequencing events, fact & opinion, characterization, cause & effect, visualization, drawing inferences, analysis, synonyms antonyms, and analyzing poetry. The grammar portion focuses on identifying parts of speech and distinguishing between concrete & abstract nouns. The colorful illustrations, graphic organizers (including venn-diagrams), and other high-yielding strategies make this unit the complete package for teaching ELA. This unit incorporates writing skills and requires lots of analysis and other critical thinking skills from Bloom's Taxonomy. In addition, the unit ends with a Unit Assessment, which incorporates almost all skills taught within the unit.