Reading and Writing Units: Vol 3 Better Than Basal HARD COPY Book

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If you are looking for the DIGITAL version ONLY of Better Than Basal: NO PREP Reading and Writing Units for Volume 3, click here.

I have created a hard copy book of Better Than Basal: a product JAM-PACKED with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 40 of your favorite mentor texts to use in grades 3-5! (See the complete list below.) With over 100 graphic organizers WITH answer keys, you'll be set for the year (and years after that, too)! It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book! You'll be set for the whole school year with a bound book, and you'll save on ink and paper costs! You will also receive the full color digital version of the document via email, so please make sure you have provided the correct email address when you order.

Several of my followers who use my Volume 3 Mentor Sentence Units asked how I use those books in reading and writing. Because of those requests, this product was born! (You do not have to use Mentor Sentences to use these activities in your classroom...)

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

Activities in this set cover skills such as:
Using evidence to describe, infer, and draw conclusions
Identifying and supporting theme
Identifying and supporting character traits
Explaining figurative language
Identifying vivid language
Supporting opinions
Comparing characters
Comparing texts to media and other texts
Defining words using context clues
...and more!

There is also a writing prompt for every book that ties to the theme, idea, or topic of the book.

Activities are for the following books:
-Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
-Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna
-The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
-The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
-Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
-Fireboat by Maira Kalman
-In My Momma’s Kitchen by Jerdine Nolen
-Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant
-Encounter by Jane Yolen
-Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher
-The Empty Pot by Demi
-Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
-Thank You, Sarah by Laura Halse Anderson
-A Wish To Be A Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
-The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
-Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
-Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
-Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
-Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
-The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume
-Salt In His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
-Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
-Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
-Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull
-Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
-Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman
-The Royal Bee by Frances and Ginger Park
-Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
-My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Gray
-Up North at the Cabin by Marsha Wilson Chall
-Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
-Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
-Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
-Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
-Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
-Cindy Ellen by Susan Lowell
-Gleam and Glow by Eve Bunting
-Bigmama’s by Donald Crews
-When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
-The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley

If you don't own all these books, I encourage you to take advantage of your library! They are all wonderful texts to share with your students!

Want more information on how to use mentor texts in the classroom? You can check out my blog posts:
Mentor Texts: Maximize Your Time!
Picture Books Are For EVERYONE!!

Make sure to get the HARD COPY of Volume 3 Mentor Sentences!

There is also a HARD COPY Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion to the mentor sentences! They include an interactive activity for each focus skill in the mentor sentence sets. Every mentor sentence unit has a companion interactive notebook to help you teach and/or review the skill for the week!


Get the PRINTED BIG BUNDLE with all Volume 3 Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, and Reading and Writing activities for all 40 mentor texts! Check out the VOLUME 3 HARD COPY BUNDLE!

You don’t need to do all of the mentor sentence lessons in the order they come in the units. When I created units 1, 2, and 3, I put them in the order I used them in my classroom, so these lessons are in an order that spirals and gets progressively more difficult, but it is not necessary to stay in that order. Unit 4 was created a year later as “extra” lessons with more of my favorite books that I used throughout the year.

There is a free download of the "At-A-Glance" for all 40 books in Volume 3! This download will help you see all of the skills covered in Volume 3 units if you’d like to “bounce around” within the units.


There is also a Volume 1 and a Volume 2 for grades 3-5 to help prevent repetition of mentor sentence lessons among grades in the same school.
Check out what’s in Volume 1!
Check out what’s in Volume 2!

Mentor Sentences can be done in ALL grades! Please tell your teacher friends about mentor sentences for their grade:
Kindergarten & ELL (Early Emergent Readers)
First Grade
Second Grade

Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Thank you!

Copyright © 2016 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

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