Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions

Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
Realistic Fiction Unit BUNDLE: 20 Mini Lessons, 16 Read Alouds with Extensions
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  1. Use engaging and authentic texts to teach reading! These read alouds correspond to high-quality, grade-level books and are designed to meet a variety of instructional needs. Each one-page Read Aloud Planning Sheet includes more discussion points than can possibly be covered—just pick and choose whic
  2. Genre immersion is a logical way to frame your reading curriculum and organize direct instruction. These lessons feature basic reading skills and concepts that readers must master in order to understand the realistic fiction genre. This unit is the first in a series which guides students into a rich
  3. Ready to have some fun? Ask your students to “text” about their independent reading books using these smart-phone style accordion books. Emojis are a fun way to help students summarize their own reaction to the text and the mood of the text. These accordion books are great for interactive notebooks!
Bundle Description

Want to use authentic texts to enhance and frame your reading curriculum? This BUNDLE contains everything you need!

Use genre to frame your reading curriculum and organize direct instruction (and read alouds) in a more logical way than ever! Guide your students into a rich understandings of literature by applying similar content to different genres, increasing complexity as you go (see “Heat Map” in the preview).

This unit includes 20 mini-lessons, 20 sample anchor charts, 20 guided practice sheets (which are perfect for interactive notebooks), 16 versatile read alouds, independent reading prompts and a fun Emoji Accordion Book:

The Lessons

This unit is the first in a series, so the lessons lay a foundation for reading fiction in general, then reading realistic fiction in particular. This is a perfect introductory or beginning of the year unit. For a list of the included lessons, see preview.

2 Lesson Formats:

  • Extended Lesson Plan: Includes lesson objective, Common Core Standards, a short mini-lesson script, a sample anchor chart, a reading focus, a listed lesson extension, and suggested read alouds.
  • Lesson Cards: These cards are a shortened version of the extended lesson plan. They include the lesson, common core standards, sample anchor chart and suggested read alouds. Keep these on a metal ring in the whole group area for easy access.

Extensions/Guided Practice

Each lesson is accompanied by an extension which serves as guided practice. A perfect accompaniment to guided reading or independent reading. The extension sheets include:

  • Information: a concise restatement of the mini-lesson content.
  • Guided Practice: a place for the class (or guided reading group) to apply the skill to a shared reading.
  • Independent Practice: a place for the student to apply the same skill to her own independent reading.

Format: These pages are small enough to be stored in reading notebooks as a reference. Perfect for interactive notebooks!

Daily Reading Focus

Also included is a powerpoint which can be used to project the daily “reading focus.” This is a prompt that asks students to apply the learned skill to their independent reading book. Students jot down their response on their Reading Bookmarks (included).

Emoji Accordion Books

This bundle includes a smaller product—Two Emoji Accordion Books. These are used as extensions to a few of the lessons. The two books include:

  • Personal Response: Students express their personal response to their book in writing, then punctuate with emojis. Can be used with independent reading.
  • Live-Texting the Plot: Students describe the plot, then punctuate with emojis. Can be used with independent reading.

15 Read Alouds

Use authentic texts to teach reading! These 16 read alouds (can be purchased separately) are designed to meet a variety of instructional needs. Each one-page Read Aloud Planning Sheet includes more discussion points than can possibly be covered in one sitting. The teacher picks and chooses which questions and “think-alouds” will best fit her students.

The Format

Each one-page Read Aloud Planning Sheet contains the following sections:

  • Book Info: title, author, reading level
  • Instructional Goals: A handful of instructional goals (and a corresponding Common Core-standards) are listed. Highlight the ones that fit your current needs.
  • Text Introduction: A brief introduction to the text.
  • "During Reading" Discussion: A few questions that can be asked during the reading to prompt student thinking. Each of these questions corresponds to one of the listed instructional goals and is labeled accordingly (see preview).
  • Modeling/Think Aloud: A suggestion for when the teacher can pause and model good reading behaviors.
  • "After Reading" Discussion: Discussion questions to be asked after the discussion. Each of these questions corresponds to one of the listed instructional goals and is labeled accordingly (see preview).
  • Extensions/Mini-Lessons: Ideas for mini-lessons that naturally extend the reading of the text. Mini Lessons can be purchased separately, or as part of the BUNDLE.
  • Connections to Larger Units of Study: This section points out how the discussion connects to larger units of study in the reading classroom.

To Use: Highlight your instructional goals. Then highlight the questions and think-aloud that correspond to your goals. Request the book from your library—then you’re good to go!

The Books

This product contains 16 read alouds, one for each of 16 books. The books represent a variety of backgrounds, tones and challenges for the reader. Some touch on difficult themes such as war or loss. All of them are engaging, high-quality, and can be read comfortably in a single setting. See preview for specific titles.

PURCHASING AS A BUNDLE SAVES YOU TIME AND MONEY!

These mini lessons and read alouds were created to form a cohesive Realistic Fiction Genre Unit. The read alouds, mini-lessons and lesson extensions come together to create a comprehensive genre unit where students learn about the realistic fiction genre while building a foundation for reading fiction throughout the year. If you would like to purchase a single component of the unit (instead of the unit) use the links above (green text).

You can also purchase a realistic fiction unit for 3rd and 4th graders:

20 Realistic Fiction Unit (BUNDLE) for 3rd and 4th Grades

Interested in Year-Long Genre Study? Get my Teacher Guide and 16 (more!) Prepared Read Alouds.

Next Units in the Series:

These lessons lay a foundations for the beginning of the year. The next two units build on concepts covered in this unit:

Historical Fiction Genre Unit (grades 3-4)

Historical Fiction Genre Unit (grades 5-6)

Fantasy Genre Unit: Traditional Literature & Modern Fantasy (grades 3-4)

Fantasy Genre Unit: Traditional Literature & Modern Fantasy (grades 5-6)

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