Her Right Foot & Immigrants Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5


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Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers is a unique nonfiction book that reveals many facts even you probably didn’t know about the Statue of Liberty, and also delivers an important message about her symbolism. If you don’t own a copy of the book, check your local library or you might even find an online read-aloud of the text with a simple Google search!

Using mentor texts is one of the best ways to maximize your teaching time. You are able to teach multiple skills, subjects, and topics with just one book!


  • a week of plans that teach firsthand and secondhand accounts, compare and contrast texts, viewpoints, and adverbs using the book, Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers (book not included)
  • detailed explicit lessons, including teacher samples
  • a week-at-a-glance plan
  • digitally converted activities in Google Slides and Forms, when applicable
  • mentor sentence lesson teaching adverbs
  • reading lessons to teach primary sources, main idea, interpreting information from a website, and comparing accounts of the same event
  • writing lessons to compare and contrast information provided in texts, and to examine author’s viewpoint and writing their own
  • writing prompt to continue a historical fiction short story using factual notes
  • two original passages written by me, Jessica Ivey – informational article about the Statue of Liberty and historical fiction short story about a family at Ellis Island
  • printables for skill practice
  • graphic organizers for skill practice
  • primary sources for use in lessons
  • sample writing piece
  • writing rubric
  • short assessments

You will notice that the units align in best practices with my other resources, so if you are already using other components like Mentor SentencesBetter Than Basal, or Everything But The Books, they can easily be incorporated into your plans without breaking stride.

In fact, this unit follows the exact same structure as my Everything But The Books resources!

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This unit was part of the 2019-2020 Club, which is now complete! Get all 12 units in the MENTOR TEXT CLUB BUNDLE!

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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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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