Heroes Galore: A Close Read and Graphic Organizers!

Working with Literary Heroes has really given me some AWESOME ideas. The boys love it so much, I simply cannot express it. And of course, the gushing blood from Saint George and the Dragon put them over the top! :)

I just made a close reading passage for my kiddos, because we needed to focus on pulling information out of the text. The hero books were just too long for a good close read, plus, I didn't have a class copy of the shorter ones. This is what I ended up with:

It's in my TPT store here if you want to take a look.

Graphic Organizers have been great for this unit as well. This one I am especially fond of:

Students fill in the hero trait on the left, and then have to draw details from the text to support their responses. This works AMAZINGLY with the Essential Question for Literary Heroes:

"Can Heroism be conveyed in words?"

The kids are learning to use the language, "He was a hero because he was _______. I know that because the author said _________."

I put together the graphic organizers that we have done so far, and they can be purchased at TPT here, if you're interested. :)



  1. Your close reading materials are great! I recently received some training on complex texts required by common core and have been dabbling in close reading myself. I look forward to reading more about the strategies you use in your classroom.

    Teaching to Inspire in 5th

    1. Thank you for such a sweet comment! I can't wait to explore deeper into close reading, but of course this is our last week of school. :(
      But I will absolutely start back on full swing sharing what is working (or isn't!) in my classroom for reading come August!