10 Mentor Texts Celebrating Diversity (Grades 3-5) | Better Than Basal


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Better Than Basal Celebrating Diversity

Making sure students feel represented in culture, gender, race, religion, and family structures is so important! This product is filled with Common Core aligned lesson ideas, activities, graphic organizers, and writing prompts for 10 of your favorite mentor texts that celebrate diversity to use in grades 3-5! (See the complete list below.) There are multiple graphic organizers WITH answer keys for each text. It also includes the generic versions of the graphic organizers so you can use them with any book!

★ Activities are also provided as links to Google Slides for Digital Learning! ★

Several of my followers who use my Mentor Sentence Units asked how I use those books in reading and writing. This product will help you incorporate your mentor texts for other areas into reading and writing as well. (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!

You might also be interested in the Celebrating Diversity Vivid Vocabulary Companion : includes vocabulary activities to use the words IN CONTEXT from the same books used for these activities.

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Activities 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:
-Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
-The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania and Kelly DiPucchio
-Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
-The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
-The Water Princess by Susan Verde
-One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
-The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora
-I Dissent by Debbie Levy
-Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco
-Nadia’s Hands by Karen English

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!!


Get the BUNDLE with all Celebrating Diversity Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, Vocabulary Activities, and Reading and Writing activities for all 10 mentor texts in the companion sets! Check out the BUNDLE for Celebrating DIVERSITY here!

Looking for MORE mentor text lessons? There is also a VOLUME 1 Better Than BasalVOLUME 2 Better Than Basal, and a VOLUME 3 Better Than Basal!

You might also be interested in:

NO PREP Nonfiction Reading and Writing Mini-Unit for Informational Texts
Launching Reading Workshop in Grades 3-5

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!

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