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Reading Nonfiction to Grow Knowledge, Rising Grades 5-6, Summer 2021

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

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Throughout this unit, Rising Grades 5/6 students read to build knowledge and to teach others, while studying topics that fascinate them. The first bend emphasizes nonfiction reading skills. In the second bend of the unit, readers participate in research clubs, diving into a shared topic with a few other readers (we recommend combining partnerships for clubs of four students).

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Throughout this unit, students read to build knowledge and to teach others, while studying topics that fascinate them. The first bend emphasizes nonfiction reading skills. Readers become fascinated by a topic, activate prior knowledge through book orientation, generate expectations and curiosity, and plan stopping spots as they read. Students use sketching, flagging, and peer-conversation to note what they are learning, and are encouraged to share the central ideas they learn about each of the key subtopics in a text with each other. 

In the second bend of the unit, readers participate in research clubs, diving into a shared topic with a few other readers (we recommend combining partnerships for clubs of four students). This bend begins with coaching kids on how to orient themselves to a topic, text set, and text. Then it moves into the essential work of the unit, which is synthesizing information across texts. Readers will read inside of one shared topic for this bend, and they will teach each other inside of their club, deepening and extending their learning. 

In the final bend of the unit, kids switch research topics and continue learning and practicing research skills, with more independence. Finally, readers prepare to teach another club about their topic, and in those cross-club conversations, to use their expert vocabulary to highlight what’s fascinating about their topic, and to explain important ideas and information. 

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