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Writing about Reading and Fiction Book Clubs, Rising Grades 5-6, Summer 2021

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

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This unit aims to encourage readers in Rising Grades 5/6 to consider how they see themselves inside of their favorite texts, and how that shapes their perspective. As students progress through the unit, they will encounter lessons that increasingly support them through the confusing, tricky, and often complicated parts of their texts.

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(NOTE: This book club module is a hybrid reading/writing module that incorporates intensive reading and writing instruction.) 

This unit aims to encourage readers to consider how they see themselves inside of their favorite texts, and how that shapes their perspective. The fundamental takeaway of this first bend will be supporting students in growing a love for all types of stories, while being powerful and insightful readers. Minilessons will focus on fundamentals for talking about reading such as orienting to a text, planning a reading journey, tracking thinking, and goal-setting. 

Once students have reconnected with texts they love, the unit transitions into establishing a strong foundation in fiction reading. Students will alternate between writing about reading one day and talking about reading in their partnerships or clubs the next. Having the opportunity to talk about reading is structurally important to readers working through their confusion and growing their thinking up levels, so it will be important to support students in forming clubs. Students will build habits in their reading work by moving between, reading, writing, and talking. This sets students up for long-lasting habits that will build their skills and their confidence. 

As students progress through the unit, they will encounter lessons that increasingly support them through the confusing, tricky, and often complicated parts of their texts. Lessons include noting characters, jotting about unexpected details, and writing about power dynamics. 

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