Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 2 w/ Trade Pack by Lucy Calkins, Shanna Schwartz, Amanda Hartman, Celena Dangler Larkey, Lindsay Wilkes, Lauren Kolbeck, Brianna Parlitsis, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. A Workshop Curriculum
Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 2 w/ Trade Pack
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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 2 w/ Trade Pack

A Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins, Shanna Schwartz, Amanda Hartman, Celena Dangler Larkey, Lindsay Wilkes, Lauren Kolbeck, Brianna Parlitsis, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Through these units, children evolve from being “little-kid” readers to well-rounded, “big-kid” readers. The units encourage second-graders to apply all their skills to decipher hard words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas about fiction (unit 1) and nonfiction (unit 2). The third unit deals with fluency, understanding figurative language, and comprehension, while the final unit invites children to work within series book clubs. 


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Purchase Recommendation: Choose the Grade 2 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 2 Units of Study without the Trade Book Pack.

About the Grade 2 Units

In second grade, children move from a “little-kid” focus on print to a “big-kid” focus on meaning. The first unit, Second-Grade Reading Growth Spurt, teaches children to take charge of their reading, drawing on everything they know to figure out hard words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas about the books they read. Children learn that books can be their teachers in the second unit, Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction, in which they learn more about familiar topics and grow understanding of new topics while working on word solving, vocabulary development, and comparing and contrasting information across texts. In the third unit, Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power, children learn strategies to build three foundational reading skills—fluency, understanding figurative language, and comprehension. In the final unit for second grade, Series Book Clubs, children work within book clubs to study author’s craft to understand ways authors use word choice, figurative language, punctuation, and even patterns to construct a series and evoke feelings in readers.

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 2 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 2 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.

  • Days With Frog And Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts
  • Houndsley And Catina by James Howe
  • Katie Woo Has The Flu by Fran Manushkin
  • Knights In Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
  • Mercy Watson To The Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
  • Minnie And Moo Go Dancing by Denys Cazet
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
  • Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin
  • Tigers by Laura Marsh
  • Tigers by Valerie Bodden

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

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

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