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Social Issues Book Clubs: Reading for Empathy and Advocacy with Trade Pack

Social Issues Book Clubs: Reading for Empathy and Advocacy with Trade Pack

By Audra Robb, Emily Strang-Campbell, Edited by Lucy Calkins

The topic of social issues, the lens for reading in this unit, is a topic that matters greatly to the young human beings who enter our classrooms every day. In middle school, many kinds of issues start to weigh more heavily on students: relationships, school issues, and a growing awareness of larger societal pressures. A driving force in this unit is the power of reading to transform how we see others.

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About the Unit

The topic of social issues, the lens for reading in this unit, is a topic that matters greatly to the young human beings who enter our classrooms every day. In middle school, many kinds of issues start to weigh more heavily on students: relationship issues, school issues, and a growing awareness of larger societal pressures. There can be serious consequences to the spiraling troubles that surround middle school kids.

A recent Washington Post article titled “Does Reading Make You a Better Person?” concludes that the answer to the title question is “Yes!” Reading literature especially has proven to increase people’s ability to empathize with others, and to be more socially aware. A driving force in this unit is the power of reading to transform how we see others and to show us new ways to be kind, to connect, and to stand up for what’s right.

About the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Middle Grades Series

We want our middle grades students to become flexible, resilient readers, we want them to have a toolkit of strategies for dealing with difficulty, and we want them to read broadly and deeply, alert to the intricacies of texts and to the power of language. To accomplish such ambitious goals, we need classroom structures and resources that support this kind of explicit teaching and learning. The reading workshop offers a simple and predictable framework for teaching strategies and for giving students feedback while they are in the midst of the ever-changing, complex reading work they will do across the middle school grades.  

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading series saves teachers hundreds of hours of planning, freeing time for analyzing student work, working with individuals and small groups, and for studying with colleagues. The series provides teachers with the tools and support they need to move students quickly and efficiently toward grade-level expectations, while also helping kids become proficient, lifelong readers.

Purchase Recommendation and Options

The Middle School Reading Units of Study are sold as separate units suitable for grades 6-8. Visit UnitsofStudy.com/MSRUOS for suggested sequencing across grade levels. In addition to purchasing your individual units, be sure to order A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades, which offers teachers and administrators a comprehensive guide to conducting reading workshop for middle school students.

Purchasing Options: Choose Social Issues Book Clubs with the Trade Book Pack (as shown in this product bundle) if your library does not already include the read-aloud texts referenced in the Unit. If you do not need the trade book pack, purchase Social Issues Book Clubs without the Trade Book Pack

Companion Resources

Read-Aloud Texts (included in the Trade Book Pack bundle)

The Social Issues Book Clubs trade pack bundle includes the following mentor texts, which are recommended as read-aloud texts for this unit.

  • "My Side of the Story," First French Kiss
  • "Inside Out," The Circuit

Independent Reading for Students:

The following TCRWP Classroom Libraries shelves were curated to specifically align with this unit.

A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades

In addition to purchasing your individual units, be sure to order A Guide to Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades, which offers teachers and administrators a comprehensive guide to conducting reading workshop for middle school students.

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