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Historical Fiction Book Clubs, Grades 6–8: Virtual Teaching Resources Subscription, 2021-22

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Historical fiction helps students see how history is not a collection of old, dead facts to be memorized, but is full of compelling stories that help us understand our present and, perhaps, what we need to do to shape a better future. This unit will not only kindle in your students an interest in the historical fiction genre, but that it will also generate awareness of how much we have yet to learn from the stories of people who struggled, suffered, and persevered as we do today.

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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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Historical fiction helps students see how history is not a collection of old, dead facts to be memorized, but is full of compelling stories that help us understand our present and, perhaps, what we need to do to shape a better future. We hope that the reading of historical fiction in this unit will not only kindle in your students an interest in the genre, but that it will also generate awareness of how much we have yet to learn from history and the stories of people who struggled, suffered, and persevered as we do today.

As students progress through these lessons, they will read stories from history that will expose them to hard truths about the world. They will cry out, “That’s not fair!” again and again, and the teacher will respond with “You’re right!” and then ask, “What kind of world do we want to live in? How do we get there?”

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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