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Up the Ladder Reading: Virtual Teaching Resources Subscription, 2021-22

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Up the Ladder Reading Virtual Teaching Resources subscription is for upper-grade readers—and teachers—who are new to the norms and culture of reading workshop, and for readers who would benefit from foundational instruction in the skills of reading nonfiction. By instilling strong habits and routines, this unit will support students in taking charge of their own reading lives and reading nonfiction with curiosity and engagement as they learn deeply about the world around them.

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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 these Virtual Units

 This subscription includes access to resources for the following virtual modules:

  • Up the Ladder Reading: Nonfiction
  • Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction

The Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction virtual unit:

  • establishes the critical structure of read-aloud, utilizing authentic texts woven into the minilessons to model the essential skills of fluency, envisioning, prediction, and making deeper inferences;
  • invites readers to develop literary discourse and engage in shared interpretation through reading partnerships;
  • teaches students to recognize and select appropriately levelled, just-right books with agency and independence;
  • moves readers quickly up levels of text complexity, utilizing running records and performance assessments to gauge students’ fluency and ability to do higher-level comprehension work;
  • builds capacity for writing about reading through flagging, jotting ideas, and developing reading notebooks as places to record and grow thinking around books;
  • includes suggestions for adapting the unit for middle school with alternate mentor texts.

The Up the Ladder Reading: Nonfiction virtual unit:

  • reinforces the critical structure of read-aloud, utilizing nonfiction texts woven into the minilessons to model the essential skills of determining main/central ideas, monitoring for meaning, and drawing on fiction reading skills when reading narrative nonfiction;
  • invites readers to engage in shared understanding and idea-building through reading partnerships;
  • teaches students to recognize and select appropriately levelled, just-right nonfiction books with agency and independence;
  • supports readers in tackling higher levels of text complexity, utilizing running records and performance assessments to gauge students’ accuracy and ability to do higher-level comprehension work;
  • builds capacity for writing about reading through flagging, jotting ideas, and pausing to reflect and grow thinking around books.

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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