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Essential Research Skills for Teens, Grades 7–9: Virtual Teaching Resources Subscription, 2021-22

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This virtual unit is all about learning well in today’s digital world and then sharing that knowledge with others—the most fundamental and joyous of intellectual experiences. Students will form study groups to research topics of contemporary, scientific, or historical significance. 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, 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.

About this Unit

This unit is all about learning well in today’s digital world and then sharing that knowledge with others—the most fundamental and joyous of intellectual experiences. Students will form study groups to research topics of contemporary, scientific, or historical significance. The first bend immerses readers into essential study habits that will serve them well throughout their research across the unit. Bend II focuses on developing ethical research practices and internet literacy skills as readers tackle the challenges of Internet research. Students will learn to check sources, discern “fake news,” and compensate for connotations and confirmation bias. As students gain expertise in their research topics, the third bend calls readers to study the disputes and arguments inside their topics, eventually coming to informed positions that they will present in a final project.

Throughout the unit readers will learn to:

  • Build background knowledge independently  through rapid reading of a variety of texts
  • Take powerful research notes and reorganize, annotate, and synthesize these notes in order to deepen their knowledge and come to new thinking
  • Become an effective study partner, comparing notes, questioning interpretations, and growing theories alongside each other
  • Tackle the challenges of ethical Internet research by checking sources, discerning “fake news,” and compensating for confirmation bias
  • Consolidate and share their research and ideas in a variety of media formats, including infographics, flash-debates, and TED-style talks

The skills and study habits instilled in this unit help aim to increase equity in academic capital, giving more students access to even the most challenging academic classes, and setting the stage for students to be successful in high school and college.

Created Based on TCRWP’s 2020-21 Suggested Scope and Sequence

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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