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Units of Study in Writing 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 Grade 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.

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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 Writing Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources

Writing workshop launches with Restarting a Writing Life: From Notebooks to Independent Projects.  This writing unit is all about transfer, independence, and student voice. Your students, whatever their current relationship with writing, will reimagine their writerly lives, make choices as writers, and breathe new life into their writer’s notebooks. They’ll pull from what they’ve learned in previous years to make these decisions and follow their passions in writing. The teaching that undergirds the unit—around leading writerly lives, working with increased independence, and above all, transferring the skills they have learned in other classes into this new project—is teaching that is central to writing workshop all year long. You will have access to a digital copy of this unit. Writing Memoir is another new unit we have included for eighth grade. Teaching students to write memoir can be a powerful beginning to the writing workshop year. Not only are you explicitly modeling vulnerability through your own personal anecdotes, you are implicitly sending the message, “Your stories matter.” Through this unit you can emphasize how your classroom community is a space of acceptance and inclusion that celebrates the expertise of all its members, especially when you provide opportunities to publish and honor work in front of the larger school community. The mentor text All These Wonders by Ishmael Beah is used in this unit. You will have access to a digital copy of this unit in the Virtual Teaching Resources.


Units Included in the Gr. 8 Writing  Virtual Teaching Resources

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

  • Restarting a Writing Life: From Notebooks to Independent Projects (new unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)
  • Writing Memoir (new unit in UOS Virtual Teaching Resources)
  • Position Papers: Research and Argument (BOOK 3)
  • The Literary Essay: Analyzing Craft and Theme (BOOK 2)


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 UnitsofStudy.com/VirtualTeaching.

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