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Units of Study in Writing Virtual Teaching Resources, Grade 3, 2020-21 Subscription

Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have developed subscription-based Virtual Teaching Resources to help Grade 3 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.

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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. 3 Writing Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

Baby Literary Essay is a newer writing unit created by the TCRWP for which will you will have access to a digital copy in the Virtual Teaching Resources. The unit inducts students into the world of literary essay, meaning that the essays they write are their first steps in this genre. Your students will realize that they have significant ideas about the characters and lessons in the stories they are reading, and that they can write these ideas to interest and persuade others. Writing about Research is another new unit created by the TCRWP that is included in the Virtual Teaching Resources in digital format. This unit is meant to go hand-in-hand with the Research Clubs reading unit. As you know, in that unit, students work in clubs and study first one animal then another animal. Across this writing unit, then, students will collaborate to write club books about each animal they research, and then they’ll write a club book that captures the ideas they grow in Bend III of that reading unit. We recommend you launch the two units at the same time. 

Units Included in the Gr. 3 Writing  Virtual Teaching Resources

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

  • Crafting True Stories (BOOK 1)
  • Art of Information Writing (BOOK 2)
  • Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions, and Editorials (BOOK 3)
  • Baby Literary Essay (new unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)
  • Writing About Research (new unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)

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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