What Matters Most (Narrative Non-Fiction/Realistic Fiction)

EQ: What is most important in life?
Throughout the course of this unit, we will explore the central question, "What is most important in life?" through a variety of narrative nonfiction and realistic fiction text as well as through persuasive three-paragraph essay writing. The unit will begin with an analysis of The Help as we transition from our last unit of study on the 1960's and will progress to the focus text in this unit, Farewell to Manzanar. This memoir describes the experiences of Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family before, during and following their imprisonment at the Manzanar concentration camp due to the United States government's internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The Help

Civil Rights Overview
The Help: A Teacher's Guide


Excerpt from Black Boy
“The Scholarship Jacket”
“Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”

Farewell to Manzanar


Irregular Past Tense
Future Tense


Description Essay
Compare/Contrast Essay
Classification Essay
Cause/Effect Essay