In this unit students are reading books in Spanish by Latino authors in order to increase their reading stamina, general literary skills and knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world. Students were divided into reading groups of 2-4 students and were given 10 different books to choose from. Sra. Greendyke and a few students visited La Casa Azul Bookstore, an independent bookstore in East Harlem, which specializes in Latino literature. They collaborated with the Casa Azul staff to select book options that would be engaging for students, at an appropriate reading level in Spanish, and that would broaden their knowledge of Hispanic culture. The three books the student groups selected were Así es como la pierdes (Junot Diaz), La ciudad de las bestias (Isabel Allende), and Antes de ser libres (Julia Alvarez). Throughout the unit, students are reading independently and in their “book club” groups, filling out weekly “bookmarks” to make summary and analysis notes. Each Friday students write an analytical paragraph, based on a chosen prompt, for a formative assessment grade. Students will write two analytical essays for summative assessment grades.