Out of the Dust Unit is to accompany the book of free verse poetry by Karen Hesse. This 9-day unit has daily reading pages with questions. The last day is an independent benchmark. Keys for all days are included. Targeted grades include 6-9. Key standards covered include cite with textual evidence, analyze dialogue/incidents (propel action, reveal character aspects, provoke decision), meanings of words/phrases, and analyze point of view/cultural experience (affects heritage, attitudes, traditions, beliefs).