This unit contains digital audio texts from the podcast "This American Life", articles from the NYtimes, clips from the film "Waiting for Superman," a poem from Langston Hughes called "Theme for English B," and a speech from President Obama. The overarching questions are "Why is it important to get into a good high school?" and "What are the challenges associated with transitioning from middle school to high school?" This unit's reading pieces are focused around the value of education and why middle school can be so difficult and challenging for kids. The writing focus is on crafting strong paragraphs. During the unit, the students will examine three complex texts and read them multiple times with a different focus each time. This unit is aligned with the common core standards and has a daily breakdown of lessons.