Integrated with social studies in a humanities course. FOCUS: Concepts of self and group identity; empathy; loyalty; belonging and community membership; grammar study. ROUTINES: Reading journals; critical thinking activities; fishbowls and other literature discussions; vocabulary building; thinking routines; literary responses and reviews; reading strategy notes; student-guided book clubs; building personal reading routines; read-aloud; reading informational texts, fiction and poetry. LITERATURE: myriad sources/texts/novels including “The Crossover,” “The Giver,” “The Outsiders,” independent choice books, and book clubs. PROJECTS: Book reviews; poetry writing and performing; persuasive letters and advertisements; summarizing and responding to current events; headlines; creative writing with NaNoWriMo; watercolor and illustrated reflections.