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Literature Units

Literature units are designed for gifted learners around literature of high quality and interest. 

To purchase, fill out the order form (PDF) and email it to, fax the form to 303-871-7744, or mail it to:

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education
Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall
1999 East Evans Avenue, Suite 130
Denver, Colorado 80210


Or you may order units online, through

Literature Units

Differentiation for Gifted Readers Using Newbery Books - Volume 1: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: Grades K-2
  • This comprehensive literature unit engages both teachers and learners alike.
  • Part One of the unit includes educator information on quality books, differentiation research and tools, as well as strategies to make differentiation practical in the classroom.
  • Part Two contains the Literature Guide for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. With a student case study serving as an example of how to differentiate by readiness, interest, and learning profile, teachers will come to truly understand differentiation in real-world context.
  • Learners will enjoy the high-level, engaging questions within the guide that lead them to deep discussion, research, creative writing, and a multitude of interest-based projects.
  • Learners will also build vocabulary and engage in high-level differentiated activities designed for individual learners, small groups and whole group learning.
  • This all-encompassing guide includes everything you will need to understand differentiation, ignite rigor in reading, and enjoy an amazing Newbery book!
  • This unit, when purchased, is also accompanied by access to digital (PDF) copies of all handouts, graphic organizers, and activity pages.
Differentiation for Gifted Readers Using Newbery Books - Volume 2: Maniac Magee: Grades 3-5
  • This all inclusive literature unit provides both teachers and learners opportunities for creativity, exploration, and most importantly, differentiated instruction and learning.
  • Part One includes information for educators regarding quality books, research on differentiation, as well as tools and strategies for rigorous instruction.
  • Part Two contains the literature guide for Maniac Magee as well as a student case study that serves as a practical guide for differentiation that serves as an example of unit usage in regards to differentiating for readiness, interest, and learning profile.
  • A wide array of high-level, differentiated activities that learners will enjoy are included as well as accompanying learner experience handouts and templates.
  • The engaging questions and activities within the guide ignite discussion, require research, provide an outlet for creative writing, and include multiple interest-based projects.
  • This unit, when purchased, is also accompanied by access to digital (PDF) copies of all handouts, graphic organizers, and activity pages.

Mosaic: Exploring Patterns through Literature is a literature series designed for gifted middle school students, grades 5-8, around literature of high quality and interest.

These integrated literature units select a theme or literary genre to explore. Novels have been selected to help learners focus on the theme or literary element.

Each unit has three components: a unit study that examines the theme; a literature component; and a writing component. The units include supporting integrated projects with a fine arts emphasis that provide students with an in-depth understanding of the topic.

These are self-supporting literature units designed to last 8 to 10 weeks. Assignments can be used exclusively at school or done in combination with homework. These are designed for use in small groups, whole classes, or home schooling environments.

Volume 1: Fairie Tales  **SOLD OUT**
  • This unit examines the components of fairie tales, looking specifically at the role of helpers, companions, guides, magic, quests, transformations, and growth and change.
  • These concepts are examined through a specific novel set and include a detailed writing guide to help students write their own faerie tales.
  • See a sample lesson plan for the Faerie Tales unit (PDF).
Volume 2: Virtual Voyages