Looking for something engaging and challenging for you gifted middle school students? Delve into William Sleator’s sci-fi novel, House of Stairs. Explore how science mirrors reality with your students. This interdisciplinary unit focuses on character change, theme and human psychology. Links to paired nonfiction text are utilized for further study of classical and operant conditioning. Enrichment activity incorporates scientific method. Essential questions encourage students to think deeply about the text and the world around them. Assessments include Socratic Seminar and collaborative project.