Library Lesson: Reading Fiction Books - 6g Essential Literacy Unit 1

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Grade Levels
5th - 6th
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My students loved using this resource. It aligned nicely with the structure of the ELA classes so it was a smooth fit.


Excite 6th grade students to read a variety of Fiction books with this 3-visit Library Lesson unit focused on Reading Literacy and aligned to National School Library Standards & ELA Common Core. Lessons are short enough to allow time for students to browse & choose books, and for sustained, silent reading.

This unit can be used 2 different ways: with fixed/scheduled library classes or as a flex-schedule collaborative unit supporting the ELA study of narrative literature.


  1. How do folktales relate to Fiction Subjects? A brief historical glimpse at folktale books for children and how types of folktales lengthened to become the fiction Subjects/genres we know today. The lesson and the book analysis worksheet inspire students to expand their choice of fiction stories.
  2. How can I find the “best” books to read? A brief historical glimpse at Newbery's first book for youth and a look at national & cultural book awards, and state awards & book lists, with a short review of your online book search tool. Includes a Reading Record handout for students to keep track of books read.
  3. How can I help others find a good book to read? Guides students to use the 5 elements of fiction to create a 30-second Quick-Talk they can share with others as they browse for books. An excellent primer for doing booktalks in the Library or the ELA classroom.

This product package contains:

  • Complete lesson plan with standards, understandings, objectives, assessment, Instructional guide, and space for reflection
  • 3 animated slide presentations (13,13,15) [files as PPTX & ODP for Google slides]
  • 3 sets of PDF presentation Notes
  • PDFs of worksheet, Reading Record handout in 2 styles, and IT IS FOR ME checklist to help students choose a book (short how-to .mp4 video included)
  • BONUS: Set of 6 templates for Multicultural spine labels (printable on Demco Item #WM14217700 3/4”x1” Spine Label Processing Sheets)

You'll love using this School Library Lesson Unit that encourages students to read a wider variety of fiction books. Make this unit even more effective by reading my blog post "Best Way School Librarians Can Increase Student Reading Achievement."

Total Pages
90 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


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