This COMPLETE unit is designed to introduce students to critical thinking, and to reading literature through a Marxist lens. In this unit students learn about homelessness and are asked to consider homelessness in our country today. Students are encouraged to form their own opinions based on the reading of the novel and supplemental texts throughout the way. It is important for students to learn to look at the world they live in with a critical eye and have them develop those skills so that they will be fine citizens. Analytical skills are covered in this unit when it comes to characterization and fiction as a genre. Students will be asked to create a Zine as a summative assessment on a social issue of their choice that they feel needs awareness. All formative and summative assessments with rubrics are included in this unit.