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ELA G3:M1:U3

Culminating Project: Accessing Books Around the World

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The Foundational Reading and Language Standards Resources Package for Grades 3–5

Use this guide to build additional literacy blocks alongside the module lessons.


In this unit, students will explore how geography impacts readers’ access to books. All instruction in this unit builds toward the final performance task for the module: an informative “Accessing Books around the World” bookmark. In the first part of the unit, students will read informational texts about world geography as they build vocabulary and understanding related to physical features and how physical characteristics of a region influence how people access books. Students then will explore external resources that support the power of reading, focusing on the important role of libraries. 

Using the central text, My Librarian Is a Camel, students will read about less conventional ways to access texts and the heroic lengths librarians and community members make in order to help others build this power. Students will read about and gather details about one of the countries represented in My Librarian Is a Camel and write an informative paragraph that describes how readers in that country access books. In the On-Demand Mid-Unit 3 Assessment, students will read a new excerpt from My Librarian Is a Camel and answer a series of text-dependent questions. They will then draw on this research in order to create their Accessing Books around the World bookmark. The creation of these bookmarks will be supported by the writing process, with a focus on producing writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. Students will have opportunities for critique and revision, culminating in the opportunity to publish and share the bookmarks with readers in their school or local library. (Word processing the bookmark text is encouraged, but not required.) After students have completed their bookmark, they will complete an On-Demand End of Unit 3 Assessment in which they write a paragraph about a different librarian from My Librarian Is a Camel.


Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Big Ideas & Guiding Questions

  • How do people around the world access reading and books?
  • How does reading give us power? 
  • People overcome great challenges in order to access books. 
  • Readers can learn about different cultures (people and places) through a variety of texts.

Content Connections

This module is designed to address English Language Arts standards. However, the module intentionally incorporates Social Studies content that many teachers may be teaching during other parts of the day. These intentional connections are described below.

  • World geography
  • Maps/globes
  • All people in world communities need to learn, and they learn in similar and different ways.
  • Physical characteristics of a region strongly influence the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there.


Texts to buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please refer to Trade Book List for procurement guidance.

Cover Text Quantity ISBNs
That Book Woman
by Heather Henson
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-1416908128, 1416908129
Nasreen’s Secret School
by Jeanette Winter
One per student
ISBN: 978-1416994374, 1416994378
Waiting for the Biblioburro
by Monica Brown
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-1582463537, 1582463530
The Boy Who Loved Words
by Roni Schotter
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-0375836015, 0375836012
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
by Oliver Jeffers,
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-0399247491, 0399247491
Thank You, Mr. Falker
by Patricia Polacco
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-0399237324, 0399237321
The Librarian of Basra
by Jeanette Winter
One per student
ISBN: 978-0152054458, 0152054456
Rain School
by James Rumford
One per student
ISBN: 978-0547243078, 0547243073
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children around the World
by Margriet Ruurs
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978-1590780930, 1590780930


Currently, there are no assessments in this unit.

Optional Activities

Interview local librarians. 

Visit the community library.

Send books/bookmarks to children in other countries; donate bookmarks to school/community library.

Create a bookmark illustration and layout.

Create a digital archive of bookmarks; create illustrations and bookmark layout; type text for bookmark. 

Narrative Writing: Students imagine they live in one of the countries they studied and write a story that describes how they access books.

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