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Up the Ladder Reading Bundle

Up the Ladder Reading Bundle

By Liz Masi Breves, Carl Ciaramitaro, Hareem A Khan, Janet L. Steinberg, Alexandra Roman, Mike Ochs, Edited by Lucy Calkins

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? 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.


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List Price: $118.75

Web/School Price: $95.00

The Up the Ladder Series
Full Description

When Lucy and her coauthors worked on the Units of Study, they had to make a choice whether to “make shoes that fit—or shoes to grow into.” They chose the latter, writing that curriculum for kids who are growing up within Units of Study workshops. This means that each unit assumes students have experienced the unit that came before it. But that, of course, won’t be the case for upper-grade students entering reading workshops for the first time.

The Up the Ladder Reading units:

  • begin with the clear expectation that students are in charge of their own reading lives; 

  • stress agency and independence across sessions; 

  • teach students to recognize and select a just-right book, to notice and flag parts of the text while reading, and to engage in conversations around the texts they are reading; 

  • help students build essential skills such as fluency, envisioning, prediction, making deeper inferences, and finding main ideas. 

The TCRWP staff spent a long time studying how to successfully accelerate children’s growth in reading and writing. They analyzed the progression of skills taught across elementary and middle-school grades, identified the most critical foundational skills, and then devised the Up the Ladder units to give students a clear pathway to support the development of these key skills.

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Purchase Recommendations and Options

The two Up the Ladder Reading units are available for separate purchase. Choose the Up the Ladder: Fiction bundle to receive just the Fiction unit (plus the accompanying trade books) and choose the Up the Ladder: Nonfiction to receive just the Nonfiction unit (plus the accompanying trade books).


Two Up the Ladder Reading units

  • Fiction (grades 3 and up)
  • Nonfiction (grades 4–6) 

Trade Book Packs
The two Up the Ladder reading units include trade books to be used in read-aloud to model effective reading strategies.

Up the Ladder Reading: Nonfiction trade book pack:

  • Mummies (National Geographic Kids) by Elizabeth Carney
  • Beastly Tales: Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster by Malcolm Yorke
  • Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery

 Up the Ladder Reading: Fiction trade book pack:

  • The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
  • Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English

Online Resources

  • Downloadable charts, samples of student work, student checklists
  • Spanish translations of resources
  • QR code links at point-of-use within each minilesson with demonstration videos featuring TCRWP Staff Developers

Large-format preprinted Anchor-Chart Sticky Notes with illustrated teaching points help teachers create and evolve anchor charts across each unit.