This comprehensive literature unit engages students in high-interest complex text while developing empathy and their knowledge of history. Freedom Summer is a story of two boys from two different worlds (white and black) who face forced separate activities that affect them both in profound ways. This book is small in size but rich in content and is a must-read novel for any 2-5th grader-- especially in studies of civil rights. This unit helps to scaffold reading comprehension for many types of readers with engaging graphic organizers. This unit serves as an ideal vehicle for engaging students in high quality independent reading with scaffolded support. This can be used for homework with high accountability for engaged thinking, cooperative learning, literature centers or to prepare for Literature Circles. It can be used for highly engaging intervention groups, book groups, and novel studies for at-risk to advanced readers (and everyone in between). This unit includes character analyses that get students to examine racism and different perspectives of the characters, a story map, a graphic organizer that helps them to connect this story's events to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an opportunity to examine how the author's life experience and race effects the perspective to which the story is told, to compare characters with figurative language, to connect this story to their current life realities, figurative language support and extensions, and a very thorough answer key.