This is a unit entitled Thrillers and Poetry. I developed this unit over the years by choosing high-interest stories and poems, both classic and contemporary. The unit is tied directly to the teaching of strategies to help students make sense of a difficult reading through an analysis of its structure (IRA - NCTE Standard 3). It includes a unit organizer that is shared with the students and a series of assessments that measure student progress. It also includes a complete list of sources as well as where these sources can be found.