The Kindest Red Mentor Text Unit for Grades 3-5 | Teaching Theme & Kindness


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The Kindest Red is the sequel to The Proudest Blue by Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad. This is the perfect book to use for lessons on theme, and of course, acts of kindness! 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!

With this unit, you’ll be able to teach about theme, writing 5-paragraph essays, acts of kindness, and commas in a series.


  • a week of plans that teach theme, writing essays, acts of kindness, and commas in a series using the book, The Kindest Red by Ibtihaj Muhammad (book not included)
  • detailed explicit lessons
  • a week-at-a-glance plan
  • digitally converted activities in Google Slides, when applicable
  • mentor sentence lesson teaching commas in a series
  • reading lessons to teach about theme, as well as citing evidence
  • writing lessons to guide students to write a 5-paragraph essay with a strong hook introduction, rubric included
  • samples for models or teacher reference
  • printables for skill practice, including a new short story
  • link to a short film provided for a theme lesson for media integration
  • short assessments, including another short story with theme and comprehension assessment

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 is part of the SEASONAL MINI-BUNDLE in the Mentor Text Club.

When you make the one-time purchase of the club bundle, you’ll receive six weeklong mentor text units (every other month) with integrated grammar, reading, and writing lessons, one of which is an exclusive bonus unit not available for sale. That’s 6 weeks of COMPLETE lessons that you will be able to use now, and in years to come!

Every unit in the Mentor Text Club has a week of grammar, reading, and writing plans that also integrate other subjects when applicable (science, social studies, or social/emotional skills) with detailed explicit lessons, teacher samples, printables for skill practice, and short assessments.


You might also like:

**The Proudest Blue Mentor Text Unit**

Everything But The Books Narrative Writing & Reading Integration Unit [GRADES 4-5] to work with more opinion writing while also integrating other skills

The FIRST Mentor Text Club by Jivey 1ST EDITION for Grades 3-5

The SECOND Mentor Text Club by Jivey 2ND EDITION for Grades 3-5


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 © 2023 Ideas By Jivey, LLC
All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey-Smith.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.
Not for public display.

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