Narrative Writing & Reading Integration Unit [GRADES 4-5]

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  1. Everything But The Books provides you with just that for all of ELA - you'll get the standards-aligned integrated lesson plans, activities, checklists, rubrics, additional readings, outlines, response to literature prompts, essay prompts, and text-based writing prompts; and all you need to get your
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Everything But The Books provides you with just that for all of ELA - you'll get the standards-aligned integrated lesson plans, activities, checklists, rubrics, additional readings (poem, short story, and folktales), outlines, response to literature prompt, fictional narrative quickwrites and prompts, and a text-based narrative writing prompt; and all you need to get your hands on are the mentor texts!

Using one mentor text in as many subjects and for as many skills as possible helps you maximize your time. This unit uses three mentor texts which you'll need in order to use these lessons: The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington, and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy. Don't own these books, or can't buy them? Check your libraries and search for online read-alouds of the text!

There are complete writing, reading, and mentor sentence lesson plans included which are perfect for 4th and 5th grade!

Although these were designed to be done with direct instruction, I have included Google Slides and Forms to the lessons for distance learning and 1:1 activities.

Not familiar with mentor sentences? Read all about them here!



Check out the preview for an extensive look at the resource!

There are 30 lesson plans with core anchor standards, objectives, and actions along with printable activities, posters, additional readings (poem, short story, and folktales), samples, and checklists when appropriate.

Many of the lessons have reading AND writing standards covered, so you can use them during any point of your ELA block. I have provided a suggested sequence that completes the unit within 3 weeks.

**Depending on the ELA time allowed in your schedule, this may take more than three weeks to complete!**


  • The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros - dialogue
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington - similes
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy - modifiers


  • (TWO) Brainstorming Lessons
  • (TWO) Planning Lessons
  • Descriptive Details
  • Quickwrite Lessons
  • Writing From a Picture
  • Character Creation
  • Writing Leads and Endings
  • Continue The Story
  • Fictional Narrative Writing Creation



  • (TWO) Figurative Language Lessons
  • Inference
  • Contributing Visuals
  • Character Traits
  • Response to Literature
  • Character Response to Challenges
  • Theme


  • Analyze Poetry
  • Identify Sensory Details in Poetry
  • Inferring and Predicting in Poetry
  • Detailed Setting in a Short Story
  • Theme of Folktale
  • Comparison of Two Folktales with Similar Approaches


  • Folktales Comparison and TDQs
  • Text-Based Writing Prompt Using Two Folktales

Sample outlines and prompts are written for you to use with your lessons.



My other resources do not provide explicit sequenced weekly lesson plans so that you can move in and out of each unit as you need and go in any order you'd like. This unit has explicit lesson plans along with paired texts; mentor text activities; response to literature; mentor sentences; writing organizers, prompts, and samples; as well as text-based writing prompts and samples.

These sets will NOT use any of the books or articles previously used in other resources!

If you'd like reading activities without the lesson plans so you can use them freely throughout the year, check these links:

  • Better Than Basal (reading organizers and activities and writing prompts for mentor texts)
  • Paired Texts (paired articles with TDQs and constructed response prompts)



Purchase the bundle to get this NARRATIVE unit with the OPINION unit and INFORM unit.


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.*

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Total Pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
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).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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