A Quick Guide to Getting Started with Units of Study, K-8 by Lucy
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A Quick Guide to Getting Started with Units of Study, K-8

A Quick Guide to Getting Started with Units of Study, K-8

By Lucy Calkins, Dee Kloss, Taryn Vanderburg

This new addition to the Workshop Help Desk Series includes information to support new users of the Units of Study with advice and help on topics such as:

  • Getting your bearings
  • Planning before you launch
  • Setting up classroom spaces and routines to support workshop instruction
  • Provisioning reading and writing workshops
  • Priorities for beginning workshop teachers
  • Launching reading and writing workshops
  • and more!

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Full Description

This new addition to the Workshop Help Desk Series includes information to support new users of the Units of Study with advice and help on topics such as:

  • Getting your bearings
  • Planning before you launch
  • Setting up classroom spaces and routines to support workshop instruction
  • Provisioning reading and writing workshops
  • Priorities for beginning workshop teachers
  • Launching reading and writing workshops
  • Assessment essentials
  • Growing into your workshop practice
  • What we know grows powerful workshop teachers

In Depth

There are many reasons you might be opening this book. Perhaps your school or district has decided to adopt a workshop approach to reading or writing and the Units of Study. Perhaps you are new to a school where Units of Study are already up and running, and you want to get up to speed. Or maybe you want to try your hand at implementing a workshop model of instruction using Units of Study and you are looking for resources and a community of like-minded professionals to help you get started.

Whatever way you have come to workshop instruction and the Units of Study, this quick-start guide will help you get your bearings enough that you can embark on the journey of teaching reading and writing workshops, relying on the Units of Study. It will not replace the Unit kits, but it will help you get started, and above all, it will help you organize a teaching and learning life for yourself. It will help you orient yourself enough that you are in a great position to learn, learn, learn once you actually embark on teaching language arts with support from the Units of Study.

Although I’m writing this with the assumption that you will be teaching either a reading or a writing workshop for the first time, informed by the Units of Study curriculum written by my Teachers College Reading and Writing Project colleagues and me, in fact you may have already been teaching the writing or the reading curriculum without any orientation, and you may be turning to this guide to fill some knowledge gaps. Or you may want to quickly overview the resources in the Unit of Study kits so you can decide whether to embark on that journey in the first place.

This book will help you with predictable questions as you begin to teach your reading or writing workshop and as you hit the inevitable bumps along the way. It won’t give you the full range of answers you’ll eventually need to become a master workshop teacher. For that, you’ll turn to the Guides; to the Units of Study Facebook groups; to your colleagues; to administrators, coaches, and staff developers; and certainly, to time spent learning from your own practice. This book aims to give you information and tools to get all of that learning up and started, as quickly as possible.