UfB — Units for Books: Unit Materials

Welcome. In this section, you will find units that have been developed for the YAL Conference (Young Adult Literature) and Ufb (Units for Books) initiative. UfB are curriculum units that have been developed by teachers participating in the GEAR UP program and shared here online in return for a class set of books. For each book listed below, there is a unit that has been developed either by YAL presenters or by participating teachers. Click on any book or title to access the unit or units for that book.

Note: Since 2000 at the first YAL Conference, the Center for College Access and Success (formerly known as Chicago Teachers' Center) has been presenting high quality teaching materials that address the 4 R's (Rigor, Relevance, Relationship & Reflection). Through the UfB program, staff have assisted teachers in developing units based on the same qualifications. Though most of the units below are pre-CCSS, much of the material can be readily adapted to meet CCSS, and consequently has been archived here for your perusal.

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie
Subject(s): Reading, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: World Language High School
, Little Village

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Across the Wire

by Luis Alberto Urrea
Subject(s): Latin American History
Grade Level(s): 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Kelly High School

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox

YAL Presenter Unit 2009/2010

Also a UfB

by Mary Pearson
Subject(s): A P Biology
Grade Level(s): 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Clemente High School

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

by Gennifer Choldenko
Subject(s): Language Arts, Math, Technology, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 7th
Posted: 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2005/2006

 

Always Running

by Luis Rodriguez
Subject(s): English, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 10th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: World Language High School

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American Plague

by Jim Murphy

with Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson
Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 7th
Posted: YAL Conference March 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2005/2006

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Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Ask Me No Questions

by Marina Budhos

There are multiple units for this book. Click for details for each unit.

Subject(s): English, Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 8th - 10th

Posted: YAL Conference October 2008, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2008/2009

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing

by M. T. Anderson
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 8th - 10th
Posted: YAL Conference October 2008, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2008/2009

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Becoming Naomi Leon

by Pam Munoz Ryan
Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 8th
Posted: YAL Conference March 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2006/2007

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Birchbark House and Love Medicine

by Louise Erdrich
Subject(s): Language Arts, Math, Technology, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 7th
Posted: YAL Conference March 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2006/2007

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The Boy Who Dared

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

with Memories of a Holocasut Rescuer by Laurie Halse Anderson

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 8th - 12th
Posted: December 2012, CCSS - Common Core State Standards
YAL Presenter Unit 2012/2013

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Breaking Through

by Francisco Jimnez
Subject(s): Spanish
Grade Level(s): 9th - 11th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Mather
High School

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Briar Rose

by Jane Yolen
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 8th
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Bronx Masquerade

by Nikki Grimes
Subject(s): English
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Foreman
High School

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Chasing Vermeer

by Blue Balliett

Subject(s): Language Arts, Math, Technology, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 7th
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

YAL Presenter Unit 2005/2006

 

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CIty of Ember

by Jeanne Duprau

Subject(s): Humanities, Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 6th
Posted: 2011
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

Teacher Unit Spotlight

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Coming of Age in the 21st Century

by Mary Frosch
Subject(s): English, World Literature
Grade Level(s): 12th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: World Language High School

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the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

by Mark Haddon
Subject(s): Language Arts, Art
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: YAL Conference March 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

YAL Presenter Unit 2006/2007

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Day of Tears

by Julius Lester
Subject(s): Literature, Special Education
Grade Level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Clemente High School

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Death of a Salesman

by Tennessee Williams

with The Glass Managerie by Tennesee Williams

Subject(s): American Literature
Grade Level(s): 11th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

Subject(s): American Literature
Grade Level(s): 11th
Posted: 2011
, CCSS - Common Core State Standards

YAL Presenter Unit 2011/2012

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The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

by Nancy Farmer

Subject(s): English, Language Arts, Geography
Grade Level(s): 6th - 10th
Posted: December 2012, CCSS - Common Core State Standards
YAL Presenter Unit 2012/2013

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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

Subject(s): Science, English Literature
Grade Level(s): 8th - 9th
Posted: December 2012, CCSS - Common Core State Standards
YAL Presenter Unit 2012/2013

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Flight

by Sherman Alexie
Subject(s): Literature, Special Education
Grade Level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Clemente High School

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Forged by Fire

by Sharon Draper

with Tears of a Tiger and Darkness Before Dawn also by Draper
Subject(s): English
Grade Level(s): 11th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Mather High School

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Gathering Blue

by Lois Lowry
Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman
Subject(s): English, Language Arts and Science
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: YAL Conference October 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

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Handbook for Boys

by Walter Dean Myers
Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: YAL Conference March 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2006/2007

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Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

with The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Subject(s): Literature, Special Education
Grade Level(s): 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Social Justice High School
, Little Village

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An Inconvenient Truth

by Al Gore
Subject(s): English, Language Arts and Science
Grade Leve(s)l: 9th
Posted: YAL Conference October 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

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The Laramie Project

by Mois├ęs Kaufman
Subject(s): Drama
Grade Level(s): 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Multicultural Arts High School
, Little Village

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The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan
Subject(s): Language Arts and Drama
Grade Leve(s)l: 6th - 9th
Posted: YAL Conference October 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

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Little Brother

by Corey Doctorow

Documents for this unit are posted on a blog.
Subject(s): Language Arts and Drama
Posted: YAL Conference October 2009, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2008/2009

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Living Up the Street

by Gary Soto
Subject(s): English, Special Education
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Kelly
High School

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Magic Moments

by Olga Loya

Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Science, Art
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: YAL Conference March 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2005/2006

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Persepolis

by Mariane Satrapi
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 8th - 10th
Posted: YAL Conference October 2008, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2008/2009

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Reaching Out

by Francisco Jimnez

There are multiple units for this book. Click for details for each unit.

Subject(s): Spanish
Grade Level(s): 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Mather
High School

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The Rock and the River

by Kekla Magoon

Subject(s): Reading, Writing, History
Grade Level(s): 6th - 12th
Posted: December 2012, CCSS - Common Core State Standards
YAL Presenter Unit 2012/2013

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Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

by Eleanor Coerr

with Night by Elie Weisel
Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Sahara Special

by Esme Codell
Subject(s): Language Arts, Dance
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: YAL Conference March 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2005/2006

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The Secret Life of Bees

by Sue Monk Kidd
Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Science, Science
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: YAL Conference March 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2005/2006

Units for Books

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Seedfolks

by Paul Fleischman

There are multiple units for this book. Click for details for each unit.

Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Middle School and High School
Posted: 2006, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Shattering Glass

by Gail Giles
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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A Single Shard

by Linda Sue Park
Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Technology
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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The Skin I'm In

by Sharon Flake

with A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
Subject(s): English, Language Arts and Social Science and Health
Grade Level(s): 6th - 9th
Posted: YAL Conference October 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Subjects: Language Arts
Grade Level: Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

by Chris Crutcher
Subject(s): Social/Emotional, Reading & Literature, Psychology, Sociology
Grade Level(s): 9th - 12th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

School: Mather High School

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Stuck in Neutral

by Terry Trueman
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): Middle School
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Sunrise Over Fallujah

by Walter Dean Myers
Subject(s): Social Studies, English
Grade Level(s): 11th
Posted: 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Social Justice
High School, Little Village

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Terezin

by Ruth Thomas

with What World Is Left by Monique Polak

Subject(s): Reading
Grade Level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2011
, CCSS - Common Core State Standards

YAL Presenter Unit 2011/2012

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

Subject(s): English, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 12th
Posted: 2011
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

YAL Presenter Unit 2011/2012

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Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson adapted by Sarah Thomson
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: 2011
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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True Believer

by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Subject(s): Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 8th
Posted: 2006
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Uprising

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

with Flesh and Blood So Cheap by Albert Marrin

Subject(s): English, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: 2011
, CCSS - Common Core State Standards

YAL Presenter Unit 2011/2012

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Upstate

by Kalisha Buckhanon
Subject(s): Legal System
Grade Level(s): 11th - 12th
Posted: 2010
, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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We Rode the Orphan Trains

by Andrea Warren

with Worth by A. LaFaye
Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 8th
Posted: YAL Conference March 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
YAL Presenter Unit 2006/2007

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We Were Here

by Matt De La Pena
Subject(s): English, Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School: Kelly High School

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Witness

by Karen Hesse

There are multiple units for this book. Click for details for each unit.

Subject(s): Language Arts (See details for each unit.)
Grade Level(s): Middle School (See detail s for each unit.)
Posted: 2006 & 2010, Archived Material, pre-CCSS

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Worth

by A. LaFaye

with Rozdina by Karen Cushman
Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 6th
Posted: March 2007, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
See also We Rode the Orphan Trains

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A Young People's History of the United States

by Howard Zinn

There are multiple units for this book. Click for details for each unit.

Subject(s): History
Grade Level(s): 10th, 11th
Posted: 2011, Archived Material, pre-CCSS
School:Clemente
High School

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