This tool is CCSS/PARCC-aligned! It makes learning and reviewing the basics of grammar rules and applications practical and fun. It also creates a very necessary link between grammar, punctuation, and actual writing tasks! It's concise enough to be a one-two day lesson and at the same time, it's linked to a 3-week unit of study that fully embraces its theme and adds all the elements that make an integrated ELA unit complete: close reading, response writing, grade level and beyond vocabulary, and questions that require critical thought and personal application. It comes with a practical rubric that guides students through the process of insightfully responding to as well as evaluating each selection. This lesson is also linked thematically with BTC Unit 16 (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CCSS-Reading-Writing-Vocab-Unit-16-Research-Based-Ready-to-Teach-655901) which is linked by vocabulary to Amigo Brothers by Piri Thomas.