Through this unit, students will explore the concept of change in our world and how it affects them. Students will explore US History and be thrown back into a time our nation was going through a dramatic change in an era where individuals chose to open their eyes rather than being oblivious to the world around them with their “eyes wide shut.” This unit will introduce students to a time when our country was full of change. They will explore the concept of change specifically through the study of civil rights. Students will read the “The Watson’s go to Birmingham-1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis as well as various informational text, and poetry. Students will be challenged through activities that promote analytical thinking and reasoning skills. They will reflect on the texts and how they influenced our nation as well as how they author may have been affected by their environment. This curriculum is designed for High Ability students ranging in 4-6th grades and is written at a level of complexity above the standard grade level while still meeting the grade level appropriate state standards. The depth at which the topic is explored allows for the High Ability students to study an in depth curriculum appropriate for their learning level.