In Unit 1, students are introduced to the topic, "Responding to Inequality: Ratifying the 19th Amendment," and begin reading The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach. Students read chapters of this text in triads to practice reading fluency and greater independence. They analyze characters' reactions to events in which human rights are compromised or violated because of race or gender, compare artwork inspired by the book, and answer questions about vocabulary. For the mid-unit assessment, students read a new chapter of The Hope Chest and compare art inspired by the chapter to details in the text. They also read aloud a new excerpt for fluency.
In the second half of the unit, students continue to read chapters of The Hope Chest. They are introduced to idioms, adages, and proverbs through the text, and they closely read and then compare and contrast firsthand and secondhand informational accounts of events connected to those described in The Hope Chest. For the end of unit assessment, students read a firsthand account of an event in order to compare and contrast it with the secondhand account read in the previous lesson.