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Summer School Units of Study, Rising Grade 5, 2022 Subscription

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The  Summer School Units of Study for Rising Grade 5 has been designed to provide students who will be entering Grade 5 in the fall with a 6-week sequence of engaging learning that supports their foundational skills, including phonemic awareness, phonics, main idea, argument, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Subscription activation codes will be delivered by email when your order is processed, and the content will be available for use starting on May 2 and expiring on September 2. See the complete Terms and Conditions.

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About the Units of Study Summer School Curriculum

These standards-based—and joyful—summer school units review key topics from the previous grade level Units of Study to prepare kids for the year ahead. These units offer the newest researched-based methods for teaching phonemic awareness, assessment-based decoding, vocabulary, knowledge generation, argument, and more. Designed specifically for teachers with a background in workshop teaching, these units will help teachers bring the responsive tools and methods they use all year long into their summer school classrooms.

This subscription is an all-digital resource that includes videotaped minilessons to help teachers launch powerful reading and writing workshops that will inspire students’ joy and confidence while accelerating their growth. Teachers may choose to use the minilesson videos to teach directly, or as professional learning to guide their own teaching of minilessons.  

See the “Subscription Terms and Conditions” section on this webpage for more information.


Units Included in this Grade-Level Sequence

The following are the reading/phonics and writing units that comprise this subscription:

Reading Series Fiction (21 Student Videos)

  • This unit is built on research that shows that kids often read more when they read series—and it is through series fiction that they are most apt to become life-long readers. It also builds on the research that shows that kids benefit from explicit instruction in skills, and time to practice those skills with more and then less support. The unit is designed to dramatically increase kids’ stamina, their foundational skills, and their reading volume. 

Reading Nonfiction to Grow Knowledge (22 Student Videos)

  • Throughout this unit, students read to build knowledge and to teach others, while studying topics that fascinate them. The first bend emphasizes nonfiction reading skills. In the second bend of the unit, readers participate in research clubs, diving into a shared topic with a few other readers (we recommend combining partnerships for clubs of four students). In the final bend of the unit, kids switch research topics and continue learning and practicing research skills, with more independence. 

Narrative to Argument Writing (25 Student Videos)

  • The unit starts with a week of identity-rich narrative writing to help build community and usher students into the writing work. Then students will turn to writing reviews as they learn to make clear claims and to support those claims with reasons and concrete evidence. The third bend of the unit asks students to put their argument writing skills to a new job—writing about an issue that many schools are wondering about.

For more information about the Units of Study Summer School curriculum, visit UnitsofStudy.com/SummerSchool.

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