3rd-5th Grade Reading Unit 3 | Traditional Literature | Theme & Point of View


This reading unit is designed to provide six weeks of detailed reading instruction for any reading workshop or guided reading classroom! In addition to the PDF file, all student pages are available digitally through Google Slides. This unit includes 30 day-by-day lessons. You’ll also find pacing guides and standard alignment to keep you organized.

Reading Comprehension

There is a balance between informational reading and literature within this reading unit. Each detailed lesson plan includes a mini lesson, independent reading time, and closing. The mini lesson typically includes a mentor text with multiple text suggestions. There is also a handout or guided practice activity for each of the comprehension lessons lessons.

Skills/Concepts in the 3RD GRADE VERSION are taught THROUGH:

  • Fairy Tales
  • Legends
  • Myths
  • Tall Tales
  • Fables

Skills/Concepts in the 4th GRADE VERSION Include:

  • Point of View
  • Theme
  • Greek Myths
  • Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts
  • Explaining Events

Novel Studies

There are FIVE novel studies that can be used for book clubs that are aligned to the lessons within the unit! These novel studies are completely optional, so if they’re not right for your students-no worries!

Novel Studies Include:

  • Look Both Ways
  • Esperanza Rising
  • Number The Stars
  • Operation Frog Effect
  • Wonder


Each week’s vocabulary instruction follows the same format to provide consistency and easy to follow routines. All vocabulary words are Tier 2 words from the mentor texts in the reading units. Students create a vocabulary notebook or journal for their vocabulary words. The first few pages of the notebooks are used for a general word bank. The next set of pages include a word bank for prefixes and suffixes. The remainder of the notebook is for students’ weekly vocabulary practice.

  • Monday: As a class produce brief definitions for each word.
  • Tuesday: Brainstorm examples and non examples of each vocabulary word.
  • Wednesday: Draw a picture representation of each word.
  • Thursday: Students write words in high-quality sentences.
  • Friday: Students take a brief vocabulary quiz over the six terms.


Since repeated reading is one of the best ways to improve students’ reading fluency, there is one fluency passage for each week of instruction. The fluency passages should be sent home on Monday, and students should read the passage orally to an adult each night of the school week. These passages may be sent home on an as-needed basis.

Reading Centers/Literacy Centers and/or Reading Homework

There is a weekly choice board that can be used as part of your centers or as a homework assignment. As with all parts of this unit, the choice board is completely optional. On the choice board, there are 9 reading activities for students to choose from. You can set the parameters on what activities to complete, how many activities to complete, etc.

Skills/Concepts Included

  • compare and contrast
  • summary
  • using illustrations
  • finding the central message
  • identifying the speaker
  • point of view (including first and third person)
  • cause and effect
  • supporting details
  • figurative vs literal language
  • first hand and second hand accounts
  • integrating information from two sources
  • explaining historical events
  • explaining scientific events
  • explaining technical texts

Total Pages: 165–182
File Size: 95 MB


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