Need a way to get students to read a classic novel? This is a unit carefully designed to have upper level students each read a different novel, yet work in groups to teach the rest of the class about their authors and the periods during which they wrote. When you finish, your class will have an overview of American literature and some of the most important American novels. The thorough unit (22 pages) includes an outline, book report forms, rubrics for grading, a parent permission letter, and a detailed listing of American authors grouped into units, complete with synopses of their novels, all ready to hand out to students. The work you do on this unit will be some of the most memorable of the year.