If you need something fast, here is a short story unit that may be completed in a period. I've included the story, two comprehension activities, a matching quiz and a puzzle. The story won the New Millennium prize for short fiction in 2011 and is a favorite of mine. It could lead to a discussion of the Great Depression and of Jim Crow laws in the south. It could be especially useful to substitutes if you get caught short of a lesson plan.