Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit for you today. Oliver Twist is one of my favorite classics, and now you can add it to your homeschool literature unit studies too! Psst… There’s also a giveaway at the bottom, so make sure to keep reading!



Story Summary:

Oliver Twist is a classic story telling about his life as a poor orphan. As we start out, Oliver has a hard life working on a workhouse. He has no possessions besides the clothes on his back. He’s forced to eat a small amount of gruel at mealtime, until one day when he finally speaks up.

Things turn from bad to worse when he runs off to London to find his fortune. Caught up in the company of a band of pickpockets and thieves, Oliver struggles to find his own place in the world. Including the family that he’s always dreamed of having.

Ready to make a keepsake lapbook that is not only fun, but will also help your students remember this classic? Watch my Oliver Twist unit study video to see the inside live!


The insides…

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



This particular book has 24 chapters, which means that there are also 24 mini-books to go with the chapters as well. Since there were so many I wanted to show the inside in detail since arranging these was kind of tight! You could also do a double lapbook if you don’t want to try and fit them onto the flip up version. I have a video on the double lapbook here. (See timestamp 5:38 for instructions on creating the double lapbook.)



If you like the flip up version, there are instructions in the teacher’s manual of the download. You can also click here to see a video tutorial on how to create the flip up pocket lapbook.



This unit also comes with accompanying mini-books plus a vocabulary mini-book full of terms to learn throughout the story.


This unit also comes with chapter by chapter lesson plans with comprehension questions and answers included in the teacher’s manual. That way if you aren’t using this unit as a group, or haven’t pre-read, you can still make sure your student understands each chapter.



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



What age is this unit recommended for?

I normally recommend my literature units for elementary level readers grades 1-5. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the mini-book assignment for each chapter. There are writing assignments for each chapter as your students answer comprehension questions from the reading. So you’ll just want to make sure they’re comfortable writing.

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.


How long does the literature unit take?

That really depends on your child’s reading speed, and how many chapters there are in the book! And how fast your child reads through the chapters as well.

Each one varies in length, and you can easily modify these units to fit your schedule. So for example, you can assign one chapter per day plus the associated mini-book assignments, or you can have them do 2-3/week. It’s totally up to you, your schedule, and your student.

What’s included in the Unit Study?

Each unit includes everything you need to complete the lapbook with the exception of the book itself and the file folders.

The download includes a teacher’s manual with the daily reading assignments, along with the comprehension questions and answers for each chapter. 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.

For older students and additional challenge:

This unit includes 5 reports that your students can complete. If you have older readers, have them do these reports to make the unit a bit more challenging. If you have younger readers, you might prefer to ask the questions verbally so they aren’t having to write a report, or skip them all together. It’s totally up to you!

The reports include:

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



Get your copy today and start learning with classic literature!

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  1. Hi! We are using Exp. Earth and loving it so much! It would be wonderful to win this unit to try a literature unit. Sure we would love a unit on Christmas story by Dickens, it would be perfect for the holiday. Thanks!

  2. So I have a dumb question …. I am fairly new to homeschooling, but I know there seems to be a big emphasis on classical literature. I noticed your copy of Oliver Twist is abridged. Is that common practice among homeschoolers? I tend to avoid many titles because of the complexity (even in read alouds).

    Anyone who would like to tell me what approach they take would be most appreciated!

    1. Hi Candice,
      I use the abridged versions because they’re easier for younger readers to get into the classics. So I think it depends on the ages of your children, as to which versions they will be reading. As far as the emphasis on classical studies, it really depends on your teaching style, and what your vision is for your homeschool 🙂 We tend to lean more towards the traditional type of schooling here just because that is what I’m more comfortable with. I do however want my kiddos to be familiar with a variety of literature including the classics. So that is why we incorporate my unit studies in with our regular school work.


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