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Units of Study in Reading (2023), Grade 1

By Lucy Calkins

The Units of Study in Reading for Grade 1 are designed to help your students continue to build on all of the skills they have learned.


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About the new Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1

The Units of Study in Reading for Grade 1 are designed to help your students continue to build on all of the skills they learned throughout kindergarten, and to help them develop good reading habits they’ll carry with them through the rest of their academic careers and beyond. In Unit 1, Building Good Reading Habits, it will be your job to get students excited about reading and to model the habits of good readers. Students will continue to develop their decoding skills and will be able to monitor for sense and self-correct with increased accuracy. Unit 2, Word Detectives, begins with the discovery of a top-secret, mysterious envelope from the Super-Secret Detective Agency, inviting your class to take on the role of word detectives. They’ll continue to build vocabulary, building up a bank of snap words, and they’ll practice monitoring for comprehension. Across Unit 3, Learning about the World, you’ll balance your teaching between decoding work and the nonfiction reading skills that will be important in helping children learn from books. Unit 4, Readers Have Big Jobs to Do, marks an important juncture in the reading lives of many of your students as they make the shift from a reading diet of decodable books and carefully selected leveled texts to one of less-controlled trade books. Finally, in Unit 5, Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons, you’ll teach some essential comprehension strategies, lifting the level of readers’ work from earlier units. By the end of Grade 1, your students will have the foundational strategies they need to be successful readers in second grade and beyond.

Unit Titles

  • Building Good Reading Habits (Unit 1)
  • Word Detectives (Unit 2)
  • Learning about the World (Unit 3)
  • Readers Have Big Jobs to Do (Unit 4)
  • Becoming Avid Readers (Unit 5)


About the Series

The new Units of Study in Reading represent wholesale changes. The best of all that was offered in the previous editions has been streamlined, clarified, and kept, but the new units are new indeed. Lucy Calkins and her coauthors worked diligently to incorporate all their latest thinking and learning into the new units. This has included much new learning from working shoulder to shoulder with teachers in hundreds of classrooms in the years since the previous editions were published. It also includes all the authors have gleaned from “science of reading” research, new comprehension research, language research, research on knowledge generation, and more—all the research that many aptly term “the sciences of reading.” Taken together, all of this new learning has yielded new Units of Study that will do more to empower, revitalize, and strengthen teachers than ever before—and that will build even stronger communities of learning to set all kids on trajectories of growth.

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