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Units of Study for Teaching Reading Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 8, 2020-21 Subscription

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have developed subscription-based Virtual Teaching Resources to help Gr. 8 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. 8 Reading Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

Reading workshop launches with Getting Back into Independent Reading and Building a Vibrant Reaching Life. This is a new unit created by the TCRWP you will have digital access to in the Virtual Teaching Resources. The one truly consistent finding in reading research is that reading a lot matters. Reading widely, voraciously, and independently is the primary action that can spark meaningful and lifelong learning. It’s what teachers spend countless hours trying to promote in their classrooms and this past spring, many teachers rallied to continue this promotion of reading from a distance. Though this is a yearlong goal, there are times of the year where this goal probably weighs most heavily on your mind -- and maybe this year more than ever. This unit is designed to support middle school readers in establishing a vibrant reading life right from the start. The mentor text The Hero Next Door by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is used throughout this unit. The remaining reading units recorded for eighth grade are all available separately.

Units Included in the Grade 8 Reading Virtual Teaching Resources

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 8 subscription includes virtual teaching resources for the following units:

  • Getting Back into Independent Reading and Building a Vibrant Reading Life (new unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)
  • Dystopian Book Clubs (all MSRUOS are available separately)
  • Essential Research Skills for Teens (all MSRUOS are available separately)
  • Critical Literacy: Unlocking Contemporary Fiction (all MSRUOS are available separately)

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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