In Unit 2, students continue to read The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach. As they read chapters of the text in triads, they analyze the meaning of similes, metaphors, idioms, adages, and proverbs, and use relative pronouns and relative adverbs. They also analyze how character actions show evidence of themes and summarize the events in each chapter that show evidence of a theme. For the mid-unit assessment, students read a new chapter of The Hope Chest with their triad and summarize the events in the chapter that show evidence of a theme.
In the second half of the unit, students continue to read chapters of The Hope Chest until they finish it at the end of the unit. Building on their summary writing work from the first half of the unit, they also write a literary essay about a theme in The Hope Chest. For the End of Unit 2 Assessment, students write an on-demand essay about another theme in The Hope Chest, following the same structure used throughout the unit.