The NYS Common Core teacher's instruction guides for the first module, first unit is almost 200 pages (this includes student handouts). I have condensed it to 12 pages of instruction, initially to help myself become organized and gain a firm handle on the unit. I thought it might be helpful to other teachers as well. I created this timeline that coincides with the PowerPoint and all the additional handouts I created on this unit. I thought some of the student material was confusing for twelve-year-olds, so I created outlines and a final assessment that was much clearer. I put a free sample of the paragraph 2 expectations on this site. At the end of the unit there are instructions for students to follow to organize all their papers and write an extended response. The entire unit required them to close read, gather evidence, and answer the essential question: " How do culture, time, and place influence Salva or Nya's identity?" My students really enjoyed reading the book. The assessment was challenging, but an excellent culmination for gathering and organizing information in addition to making thought provoking inferences.