This is unit 1 of my English curriculum units. In this unit, students develop a thesis statement based upon exploration of the themes developed within an analyzed text. In preparation for essay writing, students explore the thesis through written and oral responses to create supportable claims that can be presented. Students focus on the author’s intent by selecting multiple types of evidence throughout the text in order to support the claims presented in the thesis. An emphasis is placed on presenting explanation and clarification of evidence in a way that connects back to the thesis and focuses on theme. The students study other essays in order to craft their own literary essay with elements (introduction with thesis, body paragraphs, and concluding statements) that are cohesive, using transitions and precise language.