This grade 6 realistic fiction reading unit (level V) is about two friends who make the decision to give up something valuable to buy gifts for one another. Students learn about realistic fiction as a literary genre and do a literary analysis that focuses on irony. 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.