This grade 6 poetry reading unit (level X) is about a brook that passes many natural and man-made places and is surrounded by life. Students learn about poetry as a literary genre and do a literary analysis that focuses on alliteration. The unit contains teacher support pages, a reading selection with supporting illustrations, and activities to guide students in close reading of the text. Students also gain practice applying topic and academic vocabulary. The unit concludes with a reading comprehension activity and a text-based writing activity.