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Investigating Characterization, Grades 6–8: Virtual Teaching Resources Subscription, 2021-22

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This virtual unit of study focuses readers on studying not just characters, but characterization, or how authors create multifaceted characters replete with weakness and strengths, complex relationships with others, and life lessons they learn and teach. The unit strikes a delicate balance between encouraging readers to hold on to the magic of reading, and presenting readers with opportunities to engage in meta-analysis, fostering an appreciation of the craft of the text as well as the story.

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About the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources, 2021-22 Subscriptions

Because so many of you in the Units of Study community requested ongoing access to the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources from the 2020-21 school year—especially as models for the most effective ways to teach minilessons—Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues have adapted those virtual modules to align with their 2021-22 Suggested Sequence and have also identified some specific additional resources that will be especially helpful as you return to in-person teaching and learning this fall. These Virtual Teaching Resources are designed for student use in any classes that remain virtual as well as for teacher PD.

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This unit of study focuses readers on studying not just characters, but characterization, or how authors create multifaceted characters replete with weakness and strengths, complex relationships with others, and life lessons they learn and teach. The unit strikes a delicate balance between encouraging readers to hold on to the magic of reading, allowing them to slip longingly into the pages of a compelling story, and presenting readers with opportunities to engage in meta-analysis, fostering an appreciation of the craft of the text as well as the story.

Throughout the unit readers will:

  • come to apprentice themselves to characters they discover in realistic fiction
  • explore how authors use perspective, point of view, and the management of time across the story to control readers’ sympathy and experience of epiphanies
  • consider moments or scenes in narratives as windows into characters
  • learn to think and talk like readers who are also writers with their own checklists of authorial techniques
  • develop the ability to reread and rethink as they examine stories through multiple lenses

Units included in each UOS Virtual Teaching Resources Subscription were chosen based on the TCRWP 2021–22 Suggested Sequence.

Please Note: The units in the 2021–22 UOS VTR do not specifically align to the units in the print sets of Units of Study. In addition, not all units referenced in the Suggested Sequence are included in the 2021–22 UOS VTR. Please see the chart on pages 5–7 of the Overview Brochure for a complete list of units included in each grade-level subscription. For a complete list of the trade books needed for each subscription, please see the Trade Book List.

For more information about the Units of Study Virtual Teaching Resources, visit UnitsofStudy.com/VirtualTeaching.

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