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Essential Questions are a great way to focus student thinking and promote thematic understanding. This essential question (Can we control our fate?) is from CommonLit's text set using "The Landlady," and "Lamb to the Slaughter," by Roald Dahl. I started the unit with students completing a short writing, or writing sprint, answering the essential question based on their own opinion. When students have completed reading both text, the assignment asks them to reflect on their initial thinking as well as supporting their thinking with evidence from both texts. The student instructions are set with sentence starters to help students with their writing.