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Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction Bundle

Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction Bundle

By Liz Masi Breves, Carl Ciaramitaro, Hareem A Khan, Edited by Lucy Calkins

Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction 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 reading fiction. By instilling strong habits and routines, this start-of-the-year unit will prepare students to take charge of their own reading lives.

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Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction 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 reading fiction. By instilling strong habits and routines, this start-of-the-year unit will prepare students to take charge of their own reading lives.

The 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.

Students will come away from this unit as reinvigorated, changed readers—seeing themselves, their books, and their world differently.

About the Series

How do you support upper-grade and middle school readers if they are new to the norms and culture of reading workshop, particularly if they may also have missed some foundational instruction in reading fiction and nonfiction? How do you do this in a way that builds a strong reading community and strong habits and routines? How do you approach all this if you are new to the teaching of reading workshop? The Up the Ladder Reading units offer a very good place to start.

The Up the Ladder Reading units aim to rub off summer rust, to get readers back into the swing of reading, and begin right away to move readers up levels of text complexity. The Up the Ladder Reading units—one for reading fiction and one for reading nonfiction—begin with the clear expectation that students are in charge of their own reading lives. Agency and independence are stressed across sessions. Students build essential skills such as fluency, envisioning, prediction, making deeper inferences, and finding main ideas.

While these units are ideal for use with students in intermediate grades, specific guidelines are offered in the online resources to help teachers adapt instruction for middle school readers. Each unit launches about a four-week stretch of time in your reading workshop, and also your entire year.

For more information, visit UnitsofStudy.com/UptheLadder.

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