This 19-page student packet on discovering Freedom through literature is a great way to get students thinking. The unit includes activities for a children's picture book, "The Little Boy Star," "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, "Sympathy," by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, an art activity on symbols of freedom, Zlata's Diary, an article on children as soldiers, the Little Rock Nine, practice at adding quotations to essay writing, and the movie, "Freedom Writers." The unit is centered on the non-fiction diary of Zlata Filipovic and her struggle to be a child during the Bosnian War. There is a journal writing assignment and 2 class activities on the reading (a compare/contrast of the beginning and end of the diary, as well as a group Round Table Discussion project on specific elements of the diary). The teacher can utilize the other activities as additional examples of freedom fought for. The last page of the packet is a persuasive essay research project as a culminating assessment. The unit requires students to think, read, and write at a higher-level, despite the easy reading of the book. Please be aware that this is merely a student packet of activities and not a teacher's manual of lessons. The teacher who purchases this will be happy to use the materials to challenge his/her students, but will need to put his/her special touch to the lesson planning process. Thank you for your interest.