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Units of Study for Teaching Reading Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 2, 2020-21 Subscription

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have developed subscription-based Virtual Teaching Resources to help Gr. 2 teachers adapt workshop instruction for blended or virtual teaching environments. These new virtual resources are designed to supplement the print Units of Study (they are not stand-alone resources) and include student-facing minilesson videos recorded by TCRWP staff developers, along with additional videos to support teachers and families. PLEASE READ IMPORTANT DETAILS UNDER THE ORDERING GUIDANCE HEADING BELOW BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER.

Virtual Teaching Resources

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About the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

To support Units of Study teachers with blended or virtual teaching, Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) colleagues have developed resources to be used with the print Units of Study in reading, writing, and phonics. The UOS Virtual Teaching Resources allow teachers’ time to be reserved for the more intensive parts of reading and writing workshops—assessment, conferring, small groups, feedback. Parent and caregiver videos provide additional support to kids when they aren’t with their teacher. 

About the Gr. 2 Reading Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

You will notice that the second-grade reading workshop launches with the first-grade unit: Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons. This is a unit that typically ends the first-grade year, so chances are many kids didn’t get to this unit in the spring. This unit includes foundational character work that readers will build upon not only in second grade, but their entire reading life—so it is important that we ensure a strong foundation is built. You will have digital access to this unit in the Virtual Teaching Resources. This unit uses the mentor texts Iris and Walter and the Field Trip by Elissa Guest and Mr. Putter and Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant. Growing Word-Solving Muscles is a unit that reflects some of our latest thinking around second grade reading development. You also have access to a digital copy of this unit.

Units Included in the Grade 2 Reading Virtual Teaching Resources

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 2 subscription includes virtual teaching resources for the following units:

  • Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons: A Study of Story Elements (included in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources, GRADE 1, BOOK 4)
  • Growing Word-Solving Muscles (new mini unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)
  • Second-Grade Reading Growth Spurt (BOOK 1)
  • Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction (BOOK 2)
  • Series Book Clubs ( BOOK 4)

Created Based on TCRWP’s 2020-21 Suggested Scope and Sequence

Each year the TCRWP publishes a recommended sequence of units for the year ahead. This year the TCRWP 2020-21 Suggested Scope and Sequence reflects an awareness of the interrupted schooling that we all experienced in Spring 2020. The Virtual Teaching Resources have been developed to support TCRWP’s 2020–21 Suggested Scope and Sequence. This sequence is designed to meet teachers and students where they are and help them to quickly gain momentum in supported ways as they navigate virtual and blended environments.

The 2020–21 Suggested Sequence sometimes calls for teachers to start the year with the last unit from the previous grade and sometimes includes new units which we also call Curricular Calendar units. Access to digital versions of both those types of units will be provided with the grade-level subscriptions. In addition, the 2020–21 sequence also calls for some of the units that are available for purchase outside the core Units of Study curriculum. For details on those recommended units, please see the details provided on the Order Form under the “Additional Required Resources (Print Books)” heading.

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