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Reading and Writing Comics, Rising Grades 4-6, Summer School 2022 Subscription

By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This engaging virtual module is for Grades 3 and up students who need significant extra support with foundational reading and phonics skills. A screener is included in the module to help teachers identify students who will be most likely to benefit from particular sequence of instruction.

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In this engaging unit, students will author comic books that can become reading material for each other. That is, they have an important reason to use their imaginations, their art skills, their story ideas and their phonological awareness and phonics skill to create—and spell—readable texts.

Although the unit was created with student engagement at its heart, it is also designed to teach a sequenced, research-based, assessment-based curriculum to provide kids with the explicit instruction, opportunities for repeated practice, accessible texts, feedback and supportive community they need to get traction as readers and writers, making demonstrable, important progress. 

Students are launched into this work by learning they will each be creating a series of comics to share with other students. They will discover that as their skills as writers and comic book artists grow, the texts they can read and write will also grow more sophisticated. In Bend I, students will begin with the most accessible and foundational phonemic awareness and phonics concepts, but that learning will be couched in a key characteristic of comic fun: onomatopoeia. Teachers will teach students to hear, write, and read the sounds that will show up in the books they read and write. 

In Bend II, students progress into more complex understandings, including manipulation of phonemes and seeing the connections between phonics and the high frequency words they most use in their comic reading and writing. Using comic features such as speech bubbles, students will explore purposeful ways to isolate words and then return them to meaning and context. In Bend III, as students grow in their confidence as readers and writers of comics, they are encouraged to take risks in longer form comics as well as more illustrated texts. They look across their collection of created comics and consider the best ways to share these with other young readers.

This unit includes a screener to help teachers identify students who will be most likely to benefit from particular sequence of instruction.

For more information about the TCRWP Virtual Summer School Curriculum, visit UnitsofStudy.com/SummerSchool.

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