This grade 1 historical fiction reading unit (level H) is about Mary and her best friend Emily preparing for the Fourth of July parade. Students learn about historical fiction as a literary genre and do a literary analysis that focuses on setting and plot. The unit contains teacher support pages, a reading selection with supporting illustrations, and activities to guide students in close reading of the text. Students also gain practice applying topic and academic vocabulary. The unit concludes with a reading comprehension activity and a text-based writing activity.