Skip to main content
Search Mobile Navigation

Units of Study for Teaching Reading Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 4, 2020-21 Subscription

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have developed subscription-based Virtual Teaching Resources to help Gr. 4 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

In Stock

Web/School Price: $100.00


Full Description

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. 4 Reading Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

As the fourth-grade reading workshop begins, we suggest launching the year with Interpreting Characters, as always. You will notice we have substituted Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo with the short story Eleven by Sandra Ciscneros. In some units we choose to use a short story when we felt that would work better in virtual minilessons. We encourage you to still read aloud Tiger Rising with your students and use it as a mentor in your conferring and small group work alongside Eleven. Up the Ladder Reading: Nonfiction is designed to support readers in foundational instruction in the skills of reading nonfiction. By instilling strong habits and routines, this unit will support students in taking charge of their own reading lives and reading nonfiction with curiosity and engagement as they learn deeply about the world around them. This stand-alone unit and the trade book pack is available for separate purchase. Detail and Synthesis is designed to be a lean, practical unit that can be taught alongside the very important high-stakes writing unit, The Literary Essay: Writing about Fiction. The goal of this unit is to support kids reading up a storm, reading books that matter to them, and moving up levels of text complexity, while working on strengthening skills that were taught in Interpreting Characters, especially inference and interpretation. The unit helps kids use their earlier instruction around character and theme with greater independence as they read their own increasingly challenging books. You will have access to a digital copy of this unit.

Units Included in the Grade 4 Reading Virtual Teaching Resources

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 3 subscription includes virtual teaching resources for the following units:

  • Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story (BOOK 1)
  • Up the Ladder Reading: Nonfiction (unit book available separately)
  • Reading the Weather, Reading the World (BOOK 2)
  • Detail and Synthesis (new unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)
  • Historical Fiction 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.

For more information about the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources, visit

Additional Resource Information

(click any section below to continue reading)