Module One Texts:

Novel: Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963- Christopher Paul Curtis

Non- fiction:

“The Birmingham Church: The Rest of the Story”

“Birmingham Bomb Kills Four Negro Girls in Church”

“Bully and Teasing: No Laughing Matter”

“What You Need to Know about Bullying”

“School Bullying and its’ Consequences”

Short Stories:

“Hunger”- Richard Wright

“Seventh Grade”- Gary Soto

“A Reasonable Sum”- Gordon Korman


“Still I Rise”- Maya Angelou

“Dreams”- Langston Hughes

“Dream Deferred”- Langston Hughes

“Where the Sidewalk Ends”- Shel Silverstein


“The Monster in the Cave”


Module Four Texts:

Novel: Out of the Dust- Karen Heese


The Great Depression”

"Black Sunday, April 14, 1935: The Dust Bowl"

“What Caused the Dust Bowl"

“Teen Hoboes in the 1930’s”

“Day of Disaster”




Module Two Texts:

Novel:  Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy- Gary Schmidt


“Opening the book that is Gary Schmidt”

“Malaga Revisited: on a Casco Bay island, a shameful incident in Maine’s history comes to light.”

“Digging for the Truth: Malaga- excavation”

“A Century of Shame”

“A Century After Malaga Island Expulsion, an Apology”

“Gentlemen of the Road”-

“Are you a Loser” Scope magazine


“To a Black Girl”

“The Highwayman”

“The Loser” Shel Silverstein

Short Stories-

“Heart and Hands”- O’Henry


“Monsters are due on Maple Street”

Module Three Texts

Novel- Freak the Mighty


“Growth Disorders”

“Oscar Pistorius and the Olympics”

“Bionic Body Parts”

“The Olympics Debate”

“The Fight for Real Beauty”

Short Stories

King Arthur

Merlin and the Dragons



“Joyful Noise”

“Madam and the Rent Man”


“The Birthmark”


Module Five:

Novel- Call of the Wild


“Klondike Gold Rush”

“Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic”

“Seven Tips to Survive in the Alaskan Wilderness”

“Do you make buying decisions based on logic or emotion?”

Short Stories:

“King Midas and the Golden Touch”

“After Twenty Years”





“Choices”- Allen Steble

“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”- Robert Frost

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