The Bravest Man in the World Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5


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The Bravest Man in the World is a newly released book by Patricia Polacco inspired by Wallace Hartley and the Titanic. 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 point of view writing, historical fiction and nonfiction, paired texts, and dialogue using the book, The Bravest Man in the World by Patricia Polacco (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 quotation marks
  • reading lessons to teach historical fiction and nonfiction story elements, character, paired text comparisons, and information integration
  • writing lessons to teach developing a fictional narrative from a NEW first-person point of view with afocus on character, sensory details, and dialogue
  • original biographies by me, Jessica Ivey, of Wallace Hartley and John Astor
  • printables for skill practice
  • fictional narrative checklist for students
  • fictional narrative 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!

Check out the detailed preview to see inside this unit!

⍟ Do your students LOVE learning about the Titanic? ⍟

Grab this paired text set about the Titanic to keep their interests piqued while practicing close reading to compare and build knowledge to integrate information and draw conclusions! It’s ready to be used in printable or digital format!


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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