I created this My Antonia unit for my Honors American Literature classes. The unit includes a calendar, a study guide and discussion questions, four quizzes and keys, as well as a unit test comprised of multiple choice questions and an impromptu essay. There are seven writing exercises, designated as writing responses, tied to different sections of the novel. Also included is a handout of poetry selections that — although very different — may be connected in various ways to My Antonia. One of the poems is “Lucinda Matlock” from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. I sometimes use other poems by Masters, and I like to finish the My Antonia unit with a creative assignment in which students select 19th century portrait photos and write a free verse poem about that person’s life, a la Spoon River poetic epitaphs. I include that assignment as well. Finally, I put in general supplemental material that I would use with each literary unit. To encourage formal discussion, I have an assignment I designate “Discussion Tasks,” which asks students to generate questions and comments that delve into the characters, themes, and literary techniques of the work, encouraging academic discussion. In order to focus on textual analysis, I also ask students to practice a strict essay structure and I include a handout on that and an essay template to clarify the structure. Since I ask students to find and analyze literary criticisms, I include a sample of the analysis handouts I use.