Finding Winnie Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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  1. I am so excited to offer the SECOND EDITION of the Mentor Text Club to upper elementary teachers who love to use newer-released picture books as mentor texts in their classroom (or are looking to start)! Just like in the FIRST EDITION of the Mentor Text Club, you will receive a weeklong mentor text
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Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick is the true story of how the beloved bear became famous. If you don't own a copy of the book, check your local library or you might even find an online read-aloud of the text with a simple Google search!

Using mentor texts is one of the best ways to maximize your teaching time. You are able to teach multiple skills, subjects, and topics with just one book!

With this unit, you'll really dive into helping students read like writers and write like readers by discovering the purpose for dialogue.


  • a week of plans that teach the purpose of dialogue, types of nonfiction, forming fact-based opinions, and quotation mark usage using the book, Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick (book not included)
  • detailed explicit lessons, including teacher samples
  • a week-at-a-glance plan
  • digitally converted activities in Google Slides and Forms, when applicable
  • mentor sentence lesson teaching dialogue
  • reading lessons to teach about the purpose of dialogue as well as types of nonfiction
  • writing lessons to practice writing with dialogue (including revising) as well as forming opinions
  • original articles by me, Jessica Ivey-Smith, about Harry Colebourn as well as the debate about zoos
  • printables for skill practice
  • writing rubric
  • short assessments

You will notice that the units align in best practices with my other resources, so if you are already using other components like Mentor Sentences, Better Than Basal, or Everything But The Books, they can easily be incorporated into your plans without breaking stride.

In fact, this unit follows the exact same structure as my Everything But The Books resources!

Check out the detailed preview to see inside this unit!



This unit is part of a GROWING BUNDLE called the Mentor Text Club.

I am so excited to offer a SECOND EDITION of my Mentor Text Club for the 2021-2022 school year! When you make the one-time purchase of the club bundle, you'll receive one weeklong mentor text unit each month with integrated grammar, reading, and writing lessons, PLUS an exclusive bonus unit not available for sale. That's 12 weeks of COMPLETE lessons that you will be able to use now, and in years to come!

Every unit in the Mentor Text Club has a week of grammar, reading, and writing plans that also integrate other subjects (science, social studies, or social/emotional skills) with detailed explicit lessons, teacher samples, printables for skill practice, and short assessments.


We'll work right alongside each other all year to make sure you ROCK your lessons!

Not only are you getting the lessons at a steep discount by purchasing the club rather than each individual unit, you are going to get exclusive opportunities like:

⭐️giveaways of the books used for the lessons ONLY available to club members

⭐️surveys to provide input on what books and skills you’d like to see incorporated

⭐️immediate email notifications when each new unit is available

⭐️plus, a bonus lesson that won’t be available anywhere else!


You might also like:

Everything But The Books Opinion Writing & Reading Integration Unit [GRADES 4-5] to work with more opinion writing while also integrating other skills

The COMPLETED Mentor Text Club by Jivey 1ST EDITION for Grades 3-5


Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the 'additional license' purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

*The mentor sentence lessons I have created are adapted from the ideas of Jeff Anderson. These lessons were born from the routine that worked well in my classroom, and the demos and examples I present are variations of Jeff Anderson's methods. This is not the only way to "do" mentor sentences in your classroom.*

Copyright © 2021 Ideas By Jivey, LLC

All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey-Smith.

Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

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46 PDF + 12 Slide Links
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


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