A Division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Heinemann

Launch an Intermediate Reading Workshop

Getting Started with Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University

ISBN 978-0-325-03744-8 / 0-325-03744-2 / 2010 / 460pp / Bundle
Imprint: FirstHand
Availability: In Stock
Grade Level: 3rd - 5th
*Price and availability subject to change without notice.

Star Special Offer: Save 30% off our list price automatically when you buy 15 or more.

StarMore Products From Lucy Calkins


List Price: $45.00
Web/School: $36.00


“Workshops are deliberately kept simple and predictable, like an art studio or a researcher’s laboratory, because it is the work itself that is ever changing and complex.…Each day’s teaching in a workshop does not set up a new hoop for the students to all jump through in sync. Instead, for the bulk of time during each day, students carry on with their work. As they do so, they draw upon a growing repertoire of skills, tools, strategies, and habit.”
—Lucy Calkins

Learn how to teach students to read with increasing sophistication and personal engagement and how Lucy Calkins and her colleagues launch a rigorous and responsive intermediate reading workshop. Through 2 foundational books—A Guide to the Reading Workshop and Building a Reading Life—and eight online video clips, Lucy and her colleagues provide the strategies, lesson plans, and tools you’ll need to lead strong, efficient reading workshops in upper-elementary classrooms.

A Guide to the Reading Workshop crystallizes the reading workshop. After detailing the essential principles of reading workshop instruction, Lucy describes how to develop engaging minilessons that develop the skills of proficient readers. In the chapters that follow, Lucy presents different ways to lead small-group work and one-to-one conferences. In addition to describing the predictable methods and structures of a reading workshop, select chapters consider various ways to assess readers and track their development, how to use data to inform your instruction, and how to differentiate instruction and prepare for standardized reading tests.

Building a Reading Life launches the reading workshop. In this unit of study Lucy and Kathleen Tolan pull out all stops in an effort to help all their students become avid readers. They wear a love of reading on their own sleeves, help students fashion their identities as people who care about reading, and create a social life that revolves around shared books; above all, they help students develop a sense of agency about their reading lives, taking responsibility for becoming the kinds of readers who not only make sense of books but also let books change their lives. Lucy and Kathleen meanwhile induct children into the structures, routines, and habits of a reading workshop. Students learn how to choose books that are just right in level and interest, to carry books between home and school, to collect and study data about their reading rates and volume, and to push themselves to read with increasing stamina, fluency, and volume. In reading partnerships, children learn to retell and summarize texts and to share ideas that are grounded in the specifics of their books.

Through the eight accompanying video clips Lucy and other master teachers invite you to eavesdrop on their minilessons, small-group instruction, and conferences. Dramatic video clips let you sit alongside young readers as they engage in book clubs, reading partnerships, and inquiry groups. (Video clips are free for 6 months upon registration. You must register within 6 months of purchase.)

Learn more about these resources and the Units of Study series at www.unitsofstudy.com.


This pack is part of firsthand’s Getting Started series.

Bridging the gap between educational theory and practice, firsthand classroom materials model the carefully crafted techniques and language of master teachers in ways that help teachers refine their practice and reinvent their own teaching. The most comprehensive of these resources span more than a year of instruction. Firsthand’s Getting Started Packs were created for teachers in training and professional book study groups who want a compact, affordable way to study and tryout these transformative classroom materials. Each Getting Started Pack includes an overview book, a complete unit of study, online video clips provided free of charge for 6 months, and an accompanying study guide.

Getting Started packs include: Launch a Primary Writing Workshop, Grades K-2; Launch an Intermediate Writing Workshop, Grades 3-5; Launch an Intermediate Reading Workshop, Grades 3-5; Introduce the Qualities of Writing, Grades 3-6; Monitor Comprehension with Primary Students, Grades K-2; Monitor Comprehension with Intermediate Students, Grades 3-6; Investigate the Number System, Grades K-3; Investigate Multiplication, Grades 3-5; Investigate Fractions, Grades 4-6.

A Guide to the Reading Workshop
Chapter 1 Essentials of Reading Instruction
Chapter 2 The Big Picture of a Reading Workshop
Chapter 3 Skills and Strategies of Proficient Reading
Chapter 4 Assessing Readers: Schoolwide Systems for Tracking Progress
Chapter 5 Minilessons: The Methods That Undergird Explicit Instruction
Chapter 6 Small-Group Work:Developing a Richer Repertoire of Methods
Chapter 7 Conferring with Readers: Intense, Intimate, Responsive Teaching
Chapter 8 Reading Aloud: The Lifeblood of the Reading Workshop
Chapter 9 Differentiation to Support All Readers
Chapter 10 Writing About Reading: Deepening and Clarifying Ideas About Texts
Chapter 11 Standardized Reading Tests: Smarter, Not More, Test Prep
Chapter 12 Planning a Year-Long Curriculum for Teaching Reading
Chapter 13 About the Units of Study Series

Building a Reading Life
Part 1: Making Reading Lives
Session 1: Learning from Best and Worst Reading Times
Assessment: First Things First
Session 2: Making Honest, Important Reading Resolutions
Session 3: Finding Tons of Just-Right Books
Session 4: Reading Faster, Stronger, Longer
Session 5: Awakening Ourselves to the Text
Part 2: Making Texts Matter
Session 6: Holding Tight to Meaning
Session 7: Welcoming Books
Session 8: Introducing Ourselves to Books
Session 9: Choosing Texts that Matter
Session 10: Learning New Words from Books
Assessment: Once we’ve matched kids to books, now our assessments must be personalized
Part 3: Bringing Together Reading Lives, Texts That Matter, and Partners
Session 11: Reading in the Company of Partners
Session 12: Thinking over Stories with Partners
Session 13: Retelling Stories by Starting at the Beginning
Session 14: Retelling Stories by Starting with Now and Backing Up
Session 15: Learning to Listen Intensely
Session 16: Celebration

VIDEO clips from A Guide to the Reading Workshop DVDs (8 clips with 6 months of free online access)
• Why Reading Workshop? (7:10)
• Structures of a Reading Workshop (4:25
• Overview of the Year: Units of Study (3:20)
• Unit 1 Overview with Lucy Calkins (1:18
• Minilesson: Teaching Partners to Listen Well and to Elicit More (7:10)
• Conference: Supporting Writing-to-Think During Reading (5:13)
• Share: Partners Use gestures and Active Listening to Elicit More (2:41)
• Tiny Book-Buzzes: Introducing Books to the Class (5:18)

In Depth

Label companion resources
Label support materials
Label product support
No sales resources available for this title



Buyers of this Product Also Liked: