Unit Overview: Parent Guide
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Grade 5
What is the goal of this unit?
● Your child will read fiction and nonfiction texts to explore how literature can
teach us real lessons about life. Your child will read fantasy and explore lessons
about good v. evil, courage, adventure, forgiveness, and honesty. Then your child
will show their learning by writing a fantasy story.
What topics and skills is your fifth grader learning in this unit?
● Author’s purpose
● Storytelling and Imagination
● Narrative writing
● Point of View
What tasks will your child engage in to help them consider the topics and
skills of this unit?
● Culminating Writing Task : Your child will bring together all her learning near the
end of the unit by writing an essay in response to the prompt: Rewrite a scene
from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from the point of view of Edmund,
Aslan, or the White Witch.
● Extension Task : Your child will extend her learning by working in a group to
create a visual representation (print, nonprint, recorded, or live action) of a
selected scene from a text from the unit.
Your child will read these texts, watch these videos and listen to these
Text Title Author/Source How it is used in the Unit
The Lion, the Witch, and the
C.S. Lewis Main text of the unit
“The Grand Illusion: A Century
of Special Effects”
NOVA Online (PBS.org) Read Aloud
“How Special Effects Artists
Dave Roos Read Aloud
“Adventures of Isabel” Ogden Nash Student Text
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett Student Text
Alice’s Adventures in
Lewis Carroll Student Text
“A Brief History of Movie
TIME Read Aloud
“Alice in Wonderland – Visual
Ideas for discussing fantasy, creativity, and imagination
● Where do your best ideas come from?
● How can stories teach us about life?
● What is fantasy?
● What can we learn from fantasy?
● What are some other fantasy stories we know?
● What makes a story a fantasy?
● How can creativity or imagination be helpful in life?
Want to deepen your and your child’s knowledge on the topic being
Here is a suggested book list:
The Girl Who Could Fly Victoria Forester
Green Boy Susan Cooper
The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
The Storm Makers Jennifer E. Smith
The White Mountains John Christopher
What Came from The Stars Gary D. Schmidt
The Freedom Maze Delia Sherman
What does independent reading look like at home?
Independent reading gives your child the opportunity to read and interact with books
that are on her reading level and that address topics that she chooses. Supporting
independent reading at home helps build your child’s confidence with reading, her
reading stamina and reading achievement, and will help her do better in school.
Here are some ways you can encourage independent reading at home:
● Let your child pick out books that she finds interesting
● Prioritize reading. Protect time every day for reading (weekends and school
breaks too!). Before bedtime is a great time to read.
● Read together
● Read aloud
● Discuss your child’s reading. Ask questions like:
○ Tell me about what you read today.
○ What did you like about it?
○ What didn’t you like about it?
○ What did you learn?
○ What questions do you have about what you read?
○ What didn’t you understand about what you read?
○ What do you want to learn more about after reading?
○ How does what you’ve read connect to other things you’ve read?
Unit Overview: Parent Guide