Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1 w/ Trade Pack by Lucy Calkins, Elizabeth Dunford, Amanda Hartman, Havilah Jespersen, Lindsay Barton, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. A Workshop Curriculum
Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1 w/ Trade Pack
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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1 w/ Trade Pack

A Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins, Elizabeth Dunford, Amanda Hartman, Havilah Jespersen, Lindsay Barton, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

In unit 1 of the first-grade units, Lucy and her coauthors invite teachers to establish ability-based partnerships that thrive on the social power of peer-based reading. Across the next unit, children study comprehension, word solving, vocabulary, and fluency in nonfiction. Unit 3 focuses on phonics to set readers up for complex texts. Finally, the last unit spotlights skills that are foundational to literal and inferential comprehension.


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Purchase Recommendation: Choose the Grade 1 Units of Study with the Trade Book Pack (as shown in this product bundle) if your library does not already include the mentor texts referenced in the Units. If you do not need the trade book pack, purchase the Grade 1 Units of Study without the Trade Book Pack.

About the Grade 1 Units

The start of first grade is a time for dusting off the skills and habits that children learned during kindergarten. In the first unit, Building Good Reading Habits, you’ll reinforce children’s learning from kindergarten, and you’ll establish ability-based partnerships that tap into the social power of peers working together to help each other become more strategic as readers. The second unit, Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction, taps into children’s natural curiosity as they explore nonfiction, while you teach comprehension strategies, word solving, vocabulary, fluency, and author’s craft. The third unit, Readers Have Big Jobs to Do: Fluency, Phonics, and Comprehension, focuses on the reading process to set children up to read increasingly complex texts. The last unit of first grade, Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons: A Study of Story Elements, spotlights story elements and the skills that are foundational to literal and inferential comprehension, including empathy, imagination, envisioning, prediction, character study, and interpretation.

About the Series

Following on the success of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project present a new series of Units of Study in Teaching Reading!

This series offers grade-by-grade curricula in reading designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards. Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, this new reading series is rooted in the Project’s best practices and newest thinking. It includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading, undergirded by the Project’s learning progressions in reading for literature and informational texts.

Components of the Grade 1 product bundle—with New Resources!

New Resources

  • Online Spanish translations of important student resources—includes Spanish translations of student checklists, Anchor Chart Sticky Notes, and numerous other classroom materials such as daily charts and folders. Also available are lists of Spanish-language mentor texts—New!
  • Online Video Orientations—New!

Four Units of Study

  • comprised of one foundational unit and three other units to address reading fiction and informational texts
  • lay out 4-5 weeks of instruction (16-18 sessions) in each unit
  • include all of the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
  • model Lucy and her colleagues’ carefully crafted teaching moves and language

A Guide to the Reading Workshop, Primary Grades

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective reading workshop instruction (The Guide, now available for separate purchase, can be an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about reading workshop).

If… Then… Curriculum

  • offers additional units of study
  • presents if/then conferring scenarios that support targeted instruction and differentiation

    The Grade 1 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

    • Dinosaur Chase by Hugh Price
    • Frog And Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
    • Gossie And Gertie by Olivier Dunrea
    • Hang On, Monkey! by Susan B. Neuman
    • Iris And Walter And The Field Trip by Elissa Haden Guest
    • Ish by Peter Reynolds
    • Kazam's Birds by Amy Ehrlich
    • Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant
    • Ollie The Stomper by Olivier Dunrea
    • One More Time by James Marshall
    • Owls by Mary R. Dunn
    • The Runaways by Laura M. Kvasnosky
    • Super Storms by Seymour Simon
    • Tumbleweed Stew by Susan Stevens Crummel
    • Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee

    View Now! Units of Study for Teaching Reading Video Orientations, Grades K-8

    Save when you purchase related cost-saving bundles, with or without trade book packs:

    Select the Grade-Level Units you need most, available both with and without the trade book packs

    To learn more about the Units of Study for Teaching Reading series, visit UnitsofStudy.com

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