Margaret Peterson Haddix’s book, Running Out of Time, completely captivates students. This reading, writing, and vocabulary Common Core aligned ELA unit actively engages students in this compelling mystery adventure book, which depicts a dystopian community originally designed to be a utopia. If your students like books such as The Shadow Children Series, The Hunger Games, and Divergent, they will enjoy Running Out of Time. All papers needed by the students for this unit are included. Some items are a thought-provoking anticipatory guide, a vocabulary list, a complete interactive activities for all words, and a Socratic Seminar discussion designed for extending student learning. There are high interest internet research opportunities, a timeline project, and many graphic organizers. Students will work individually, with partners, and with a group on higher order thinking activities designed for comprehension of literature texts, writing skills, and vocabulary acquisition. They will be encouraged to personally reflect, formulate, and support opinions by citing evidence from the text. At the end of the unit is a page of general directions and a list of the Common Core Standards that are aligned to this unit.