In this mini unit students explore the lives of 4 individuals affected by slavery and civil rights issues through time. It was originally designed for RtI, with 30 minutes allotted for each lesson. The lessons could easily be combined for longer teaching periods. The unit begins with Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine. Henry "Box" Brown escapes to freedom by sending himself north in a box. Our next stop in history is with More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby, which is about the young Booker T. Washington. He wants to learn to read more than anything else. Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller tells the story of Richard Wright's quest to gain access to the life-altering world of books. Finally we come to Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack. The author tells of her own life in the time of Jim Crow laws. In addition to covering the topics of slavery and discrimination, the unit also includes discussion of symbolism and mood, interplay of illustrations and text, how characters overcome hardships, prediction, summarizing, comparing and contrasting, creating a time line, and writing in response to reading.