Now Available! First Two Units and A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades
A Deep Study of Character
by Mary Ehrenworth
This unit serves as a primer in what it means to participate in an intense reading workshop. It introduces students to a variety of instructional methods and coaches both teachers and students in how to harness those methods to increase reading expertise and independence.
Students will grow as readers of narrative texts by learning to:
- consider ways writers reveal complex character traits,
- investigate how setting can shape characters,
- and analyze how characters are vehicles for themes.
Throughout the unit, students also learn to take charge of their reading lives by annotating the text and jotting notes in ways that deepen their thinking and prepare them for smart literary conversations with other readers.
This is an ideal unit for the beginning of the school year, offering extra support for organizing a classroom library, matching readers to books, organizing partnerships, and planning for reading workshops.
Note: First French Kiss: and Other Traumas by Adam Bagdasarian is recommended as a read-aloud text for this unit. This text is now available as part of a bundle.
Tapping the Power of Nonfiction
by Katie Clements
Nonfiction reading skills are essential to students’ achievement in virtually every academic discipline. To do science, students need to read science books and articles. To study history, they need to be skilled at reading all kinds of primary and secondary sources. When we help students become powerful readers of nonfiction, we help them become powerful learners.
Across this unit, students will develop a solid set of nonfiction reading skills including:
- discerning central ideas
- summarizing to create a concise version of a text
- synthesizing within and across texts
- building vocabulary
- and reading critically to question an author’s point of view and perspective.
At the same time, students develop flexibility as they read across text types and transfer what they know from one type of text to the next. Throughout the unit, students learn to grow their ideas and to work collaboratively around high-interest texts and topics. This unit assumes you have a reading workshop up and running in your classroom and that your students have done some work in reading partnerships.
Note: Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser is recommended as a read-aloud text for this unit. This text is now available as part of a bundle with this unit.
A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades
by Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth
The Guide to the Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades offers a comprehensive but concise introduction to:
- the need for this series
- research on what adolescent readers need
- ways to launch and sustain independent reading
- a big-picture introduction to the reading workshop
- the architecture of minilessons
- classroom management tips and strategies
- levels of text complexity
- conferring with readers and providing transferrable feedback
- small-group work
- writing about reading
- practical help for book clubs
- instructional Read Aloud
- the special importance of nonfiction reading
- supporting English learners in reading workshop
Coming in Winter/Spring 2018
(not yet available for preorder)
- Social Issues Book Clubs
- Dystopian Book Clubs
- Reading History: Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Book Clubs
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Suggestions for Sequencing Units Across Grade Levels
Of course there are many other viable options for sequencing as you begin with these first units. Keep in mind that there is a layering of complexity across the units that you will want to consider as you plan. Also note that you will most likely choose to add additional units and shift some to different grade levels in your curricular plans as new reading units are published.
Order the Middle School Reading Units
Grades K-5 Reading Units of Study
TCRWP Classroom Libraries
- Complete libraries for grades 6, 7, and 8
- On level and below benchmark collections
- Individual library shelves including Book Club shelves