Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be releasing some new Classic Literature Unit Studies for you all! My kids have been absolutely loving these this year and we’re taking a break from our regular reading to dive into some of these fun classics!

For this unit I am using the Classic Starts 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea version. I find the Classic Starts a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit with the original version if you have an older student. The assignments are written to go with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the lapbook using any version you choose.




20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Unit Study & Lapbook

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is an underwater fantasy adventure that is exciting as it is unusual! The story follows Professor Aronnax and his men who are setting sail in search of a “monstrous sea creature” that has been sighted somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of finding his monstrous sea creature, the Professor runs into the mysterious Captain Nemo and his futuristic submarine, The Nautilus. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a suspenseful journey of danger and discovery, sure to please all readers!

What ages are these units for?

I normally recommend these literature units for elementary level readers. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the mini-book assignment for each chapter.

Or you can read it together as a group if you have younger readers, then have them complete the mini-book assignments when you’re done with each chapter.

Watch a video of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea lapbook:


What’s included in the Unit Study?

Each unit includes everything you need to complete the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea lapbook with the exception of the book itself and the file folders.

Included is a teacher’s manual with the mini-book questions and answers. This makes it much easier for you to help your students even if you haven’t read the book yourself.

There is also one mini-book for each chapter in the book. Inside your student will answer a comprehension question that relates directly to the chapter they’ve just read. Some assignments include vocabulary words, mapping the voyage, and completing the mini-reports.

The unit includes 5 reports that your students can complete. The reports include:

  • Story Facts (Setting, Main Plot, Main Characters)
  • Protagonist vs. Antagonist
  • Prediction Sheet
  • My Book Report
  • Book vs. Movie
  • Storyboard timeline

If you’re doing this unit with younger readers you might want to skip these pages, but it’s totally up to you.




As you read through the book, each chapter has a mini-book with comprehension questions for your student to complete.



This unit has 20 mini-books including a vocabulary mini-book full of terms to learn thoroughout the story.



Then on the backside of the lapbook, I added a pocket to the backside where you can store the reports and story timeline.



Get your copy today and start learning with classic literature! 


Looking for more unit studies? Check out these links!

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Of course you know I love to give back to my readers, so I’m offering 1 of these units free for one of you! Enter below!



    1. Hi Cristi,
      Last year we did them as a group, but this year I’ve assigned them out to my older kids to read on their own. So really you can do them whichever way works best for your family.

  1. Hi Erica!

    I’m planning on purchasing your Literature Unit bundle as part of our Language Arts for the next school year. Do you recommend using the Classic Starts for any of the other titles?
    Thank you for all of your hard work! I appreciate you making these available for our kiddos!


    kelley Kohout
  2. Hi Erica! Just when I think your site couldn’t be MORE amazing, you post something like this! I am so excited about this unit study! I also thought you might like to know that I am part of a very large homeschooling facebook page and A LOT of the Moms love your blog! I often share links, etc from your blog and I’ll be posting this there as well 🙂

  3. We love Classic Starts! We’ve read a great many of them as we are a Charlotte Mason family. 20,000 Leagues isn’t one of them though! I am adding to our list for next year (we are using the Prairie Primer this year)
    Thank you for creating and sharing these!!!


  4. Hi Erica,
    I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful Lapbook unit study. I’m using it with my son and another student I tutor… we are all really enjoying it… the Classic Starts are beautifully written and I can see how much hard work you have put into creating this resource. A million thank you’s. I can’t wait to start on the Treasure Island one next.

    Chris C

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