This unit curriculum for Alice Walker's The Color Purple was developed for an 11th grade ESL class. In each day's lesson, students answer reading comprehension questions and critical thinking questions. The questions act as scaffolds for students to complete a paragraph writing assignment at the end of each lesson. Struggling writers have the option of a more basic writing assignment each day, with a topic sentence supplied if necessary. As students move through the unit, most are able to move on to the more advanced writing assignment with the scaffold of the topic sentence removed.