Enter mini units. Here’s what we’ve noticed since adding short stories and poems into our year long curriculum:
1. Higher student engagement.
2. Increased proficiency in citing and justifying textual evidence.
3. More complex analysis.
4. More reading happening in the classroom.
Again, don’t get us wrong. We are not completely giving up on our novel units at all. But, these mini units have been wonderful to help our students become more proficient readers and writers. What worked best for us was to do a short story/poem unit around the various holidays. It helped keep our students engaged and on their toes as we were switching topics up quite frequently.
If you think you want to do the same thing or something similar in your own classroom, we’ve organized the stories and poems we used into a year long resource which you can purchase by clicking here or on the image below. You can also purchase each of these holiday resources individually from our Teachers Pay Teachers store.