Unit Summary: As the first unit of the year, the focus is on expository writing. Specifically, students will practice pulling text based details to support a controlling idea. With reading literature, students will analyze texts to determine a theme and explore elements of a story. The anchor text is the novel, The Outsiders, along with the film version. The unit also includes a book club. The texts in the unit focus around life lessons and the grit it takes to overcome adversity. The summative for this unit is an expository paragraph on THEME.