This Is the Rope Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5


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This Is the Rope: A Story From The Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson is a beautiful symbolic book about how family is tied together through generations. 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 symbolism, theme, cause and effect, concrete and sensory details, opinion writing reasons and evidence, and prepositional phrases using the book, This Is the Rope: A Story From The Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson (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 prepositional phrases
  • reading lessons to teach symbolism, theme, and cause and effect with the book
  • writing lessons to teach types of details (sensory and concrete), and opinion writing with a focus on identifying and providing reasons and evidence
  • rubrics to grade a response to literature prompt and an opinion prompt
  • an original informational article about The Great Migration, an original short story about sharecroppers, and an original opinion essay about Jim Crow Laws, all written by me, Jessica Ivey
  • printables for skill practice
  • 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 © 2019 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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