Malala’s Magic Pencil Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5


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Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai is an inspiring autobiography you can use during Women’s History Month (or any time of the year)! 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 summarizing, evidence-based responses, vocabulary, and complex sentences using the book, Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai (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 complex sentences
  • reading lessons to teach summarizing and vocabulary (context clues and application of meaning)
  • writing lessons to reinforce notetaking (summarizing) and using evidence from texts in written responses
  • response to literature prompt with mentor text
  • constructed response prompt using notes
  • original passage written by me, Jessica Ivey – informational article about activist, Payal Jangid
  • graphic organizers for skill practice
  • sample writing pieces
  • writing rubrics
  • 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.*

Copyright © 2020 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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