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The Units of Study for Teaching Reading Series

Units of Study for Teaching Reading Series Bundle, Grades K-5
A Grade-by-Grade Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins

About the Series Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have developed the Units of Study for Teaching Reading. Designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards, this reading series offers grade-by-grade curricula... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading Series Bundle, Grades K-5 with Trade Book Packs
A Grade-by-Grade Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins

About the Series Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have developed the Units of Study for Teaching Reading. Designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards, this reading series offers grade-by-grade curricula... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade K
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Natalie Louis, Amanda Hartman, Elizabeth Franco, Katherine Wears, Rebecca Cronin, Angela Báez, Marjorie Martinelli, Christine Holley, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Kindergarten Units In kindergarten, your students begin to establish their identities as readers while they build the foundational skills for reading. In the first unit, We Are Readers, children will develop concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, and the knowledge necessary to use story language to support their approximations of reading. The second unit, Super Powers:... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade K w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Natalie Louis, Amanda Hartman, Elizabeth Franco, Katherine Wears, Rebecca Cronin, Angela Báez, Marjorie Martinelli, Christine Holley, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Kindergarten Units In kindergarten, your students begin to establish their identities as readers while they build the foundational skills for reading. In the first unit, We Are Readers, children will develop concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, and the knowledge necessary to use story language to support their approximations of reading. The second unit, Super Powers:... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grade K Trade Book Pack

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Kindergarten Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth
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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Elizabeth Franco, Amanda Hartman, Havilah Jespersen, Lindsay Barton, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 1 Units The start of first grade is a time for dusting off the skills and habits that children learned during kindergarten. In the first unit, Building Good Reading Habits, you’ll reinforce children’s learning from kindergarten, and you’ll establish ability-based partnerships that tap into the social power of peers working together to help each other become more strategic as readers.... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1 w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Elizabeth Franco, Amanda Hartman, Havilah Jespersen, Lindsay Barton, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 1 Units The start of first grade is a time for dusting off the skills and habits that children learned during kindergarten. In the first unit, Building Good Reading Habits, you’ll reinforce children’s learning from kindergarten, and you’ll establish ability-based partnerships that tap into the social power of peers working together to help each other become more strategic as readers.... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grade 1 Trade Book Pack

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Grade 1 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • Dinosaur Chase by Hugh Price
  • Frog And Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Gossie And Gertie by Olivier Dunrea
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Word Detectives Trade Pack

Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Word Detectives, Grade 1 Trade Book Pack includes grade level appropriate books that are used as demonstration texts for teachers to model the skills and strategies they want students to try, and for read-alouds and shared reading.

  • A Country Mouse and a Town Mouse by Aesop
  • Lost Socks by Dawn McMillan
  • Nate the Great by
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Word Detectives: Strategies for Using High-Frequency Words and for Decoding, Grade 1

Elizabeth Franco, Havilah Jespersen, Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Designed to be the second unit in first grade, Word Detectives supports students’ word solving skills and their knowledge of high-frequency words. This playful unit expands on the important work that the entire series does to support youngsters’ foundational reading skills. In this unit, students will:

  • Learn to monitor their reading
  • Develop their word-solving
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Word Detectives: Strategies for Using High-Frequency Words and for Decoding, Grade 1, with Trade Pack

Elizabeth Franco, Havilah Jespersen, Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Designed to be the second unit in first grade, Word Detectives supports students’ word solving skills and their knowledge of high-frequency words. This playful unit expands on the important work that the entire series does to support youngsters’ foundational reading skills. In this unit, students will:

  • Learn to monitor their reading
  • Develop their word-solving
... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 2
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Shanna Schwartz, Amanda Hartman, Celena Dangler Larkey, Lindsay Wilkes, Lauren Kolbeck, Brianna Parlitsis, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 2 Units In second grade, children move from a “little-kid” focus on print to a “big-kid” focus on meaning. The first unit, Second-Grade Reading Growth Spurt, teaches children to take charge of their reading, drawing on everything they know to figure out hard words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas about the books they read. Children learn that books can be their teachers... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 2 w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Shanna Schwartz, Amanda Hartman, Celena Dangler Larkey, Lindsay Wilkes, Lauren Kolbeck, Brianna Parlitsis, Elizabeth Moore, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 2 Units In second grade, children move from a “little-kid” focus on print to a “big-kid” focus on meaning. The first unit, Second-Grade Reading Growth Spurt, teaches children to take charge of their reading, drawing on everything they know to figure out hard words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas about the books they read. Children learn that books can be their teachers... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grade 2 Trade Book Pack

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Grade 2 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • Days With Frog And Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts
  • Houndsley And Catina by James
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Mystery Trade Pack

Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Mystery, Grade 3 Trade Book Pack includes grade level appropriate books that are used as demonstration texts for teachers to model the skills and strategies they want students to try, and for read-alouds and shared reading.

  • The Absent Author by Ron Roy
  • The Diamond Mystery by Martin Widmark
Because some teachers may want to purchase class sets... more

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Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise, Grade 3

Brooke Geller, Alissa Reicherter, Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Mysteries are the perfect vehicle for teaching foundational skills that lie at the heart of engaged reading. Students leap at the chance to do the work required to “get” the mystery, following ideas across their texts, seeing cause-and-effect relationships, and predicting outcomes. And, of course, mysteries naturally push kids to infer—to notice clues and to wonder more about them; to consider how part of... more

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Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise, Grade 3, with Trade Pack

Brooke Geller, Alissa Reicherter, Colleagues from The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Mysteries are the perfect vehicle for teaching foundational skills that lie at the heart of engaged reading. Students leap at the chance to do the work required to “get” the mystery, following ideas across their texts, seeing cause-and-effect relationships, and predicting outcomes. And, of course, mysteries naturally push kids to infer—to notice clues and to wonder more about them; to consider how part of... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 3
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Kathleen Tolan, Julia Mooney, Kristin Smith, Alexandra Marron, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 3 Units The third-grade units were written to support the crucial transition children make from learning to read to reading to learn. The opening unit, Building a Reading Life, launches your students’ lives as upper elementary school readers. Children ramp up their reading skills by immersing themselves in within-reach fiction books while working on word solving, vocabulary development,... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 3 w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Kathleen Tolan, Julia Mooney, Kristin Smith, Alexandra Marron, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 3 Units The third-grade units were written to support the crucial transition children make from learning to read to reading to learn. The opening unit, Building a Reading Life, launches your students’ lives as upper elementary school readers. Children ramp up their reading skills by immersing themselves in within-reach fiction books while working on word solving, vocabulary development,... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grade 3 Trade Book Pack

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Grade 3 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • Because Of Winn-Dixie by DiCamillo, Kate
  • Frogs!    by Elizabeth Carney
  • Frogs And Toads by Bobbie Kalman
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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 4
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Kathleen Tolan, Emily Butler Smith, Mike Ochs, Janet L. Steinberg, Grace Chough, Mary Ehrenworth, Alexandra Marron, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 4 Units In fourth grade, you’ll help children delve into complex texts and see significance in details. In the first unit, Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story, children study the complexity of characters and explore themes while developing skills such as inference and interpretation. In the second unit, Reading the Weather, Reading the World,... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 4 w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Kathleen Tolan, Emily Butler Smith, Mike Ochs, Janet L. Steinberg, Grace Chough, Mary Ehrenworth, Alexandra Marron, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 4 Units In fourth grade, you’ll help children delve into complex texts and see significance in details. In the first unit, Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story, children study the complexity of characters and explore themes while developing skills such as inference and interpretation. In the second unit, Reading the Weather, Reading the World,... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grade 4 Trade Book Pack

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Grade 4 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • The American Revolutionaries: A History In Their Own Words, 1750-1800 by Milton Meltzer, Ed.
  • Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant
  • Hurricane
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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 5
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Alexandra Marron, Katie Clements, Kelly Boland Hohne, M. Colleen Cruz, Mary Ehrenworth, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 5 Units Fifth grade is a time for children to hone their intellectual independence. In the first unit, Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Themes, students draw on a repertoire of ways for reading closely, noticing how story elements interact, understanding how different authors develop the same theme, and comparing and contrasting texts that develop a similar theme. In the second... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 5 w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum

Lucy Calkins, Alexandra Marron, Katie Clements, Kelly Boland Hohne, M. Colleen Cruz, Mary Ehrenworth, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

About the Grade 5 Units Fifth grade is a time for children to hone their intellectual independence. In the first unit, Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Themes, students draw on a repertoire of ways for reading closely, noticing how story elements interact, understanding how different authors develop the same theme, and comparing and contrasting texts that develop a similar theme. In the second... more

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Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grade 5 Trade Book Pack

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

The Grade 5 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • Alien Deep by Bradley Hague
  • Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant
  • Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
  • Home
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A Deep Study of Character

Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth

About the Unit This unit serves as a primer in what it means to participate in an intense reading workshop. It introduces students to a variety of instructional methods such as read-aloud, partner work, and minilessons, and coaches both teachers and students in how to harness those methods to increase reading expertise and independence. Students will learn to consider more complex character traits, to investigate... more

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A Deep Study of Character with Trade Pack

Mary Ehrenworth, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit This unit serves as a primer in what it means to participate in an intense reading workshop. It introduces students to a variety of instructional methods such as read-aloud, partner work, and minilessons, and coaches both teachers and students in how to harness those methods to increase reading expertise and independence. Students will learn to consider more complex character traits, to investigate... more

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A Guide to the Reading Workshop
Middle School Grades

Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth

About the Guide The Guide to the Reading Workshop: Middle School Grades offers a comprehensive but concise introduction to:

  • the need for this series
  • research on what adolescent readers need
  • ways to launch and sustain independent reading
  • a big-picture introduction to the reading workshop
  • the architecture of minilessons
  • classroom
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Dystopian Book Clubs

Lucy Calkins, Katy Wischow

About the Unit This unit is for teachers whose classes could benefit from a deep study of an incredibly engaging genre. It will support classes who could learn to talk more deeply about their reading and push themselves to read with greater volume. It will also pay off for teachers who want to take advantage of the power of a popular genre to lure kids into studying complexity and symbolism and allusions. During... more

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Dystopian Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Katy Wischow, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit This unit is for teachers whose classes could benefit from a deep study of an incredibly engaging genre. It will support classes who could learn to talk more deeply about their reading and push themselves to read with greater volume. It will also pay off for teachers who want to take advantage of the power of a popular genre to lure kids into studying complexity and symbolism and allusions. During... more

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Historical Fiction Book Clubs

Mary Ehrenworth, Pablo Wolfe, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Historical fiction helps students see how history is not a collection of old, dead facts to be memorized, but is full of compelling stories that help us understand our present and, perhaps, what we need to do to shape a better future. We hope that the reading of historical fiction in this unit will not only kindle in your students an interest in the genre, but that it will also generate awareness of how much... more

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Historical Fiction Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Mary Ehrenworth, Pablo Wolfe, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Historical fiction helps students see how history is not a collection of old, dead facts to be memorized, but is full of compelling stories that help us understand our present and, perhaps, what we need to do to shape a better future. We hope that the reading of historical fiction in this unit will not only kindle in your students an interest in the genre, but that it will also generate awareness of how much... more

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Investigating Characterization
Author-Study Book Clubs

Mary Ehrenworth, Katy Wischow

About the Unit This unit of study focuses readers on studying not just characters, but characterization, or how authors create multifaceted characters replete with weakness and strengths, complex relationships with others, and life lessons they learn and teach. The unit strikes a delicate balance between encouraging readers to hold on to the magic of reading, allowing them to slip longingly into the pages of a compelling... more

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Investigating Characterization: Author-Study Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Mary Ehrenworth, Katy Wischow

About the Unit This unit of study focuses readers on studying not just characters, but characterization, or how authors create multifaceted characters replete with weakness and strengths, complex relationships with others, and life lessons they learn and teach. The unit strikes a delicate balance between encouraging readers to hold on to the magic of reading, allowing them to slip longingly into the pages of a compelling... more

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Literary Nonfiction

Katie Clements, Audra Robb

About the Unit In this unit, you’ll introduce your students to nonfiction books and media they will love, and teach them how to make the most of these portals to fascinating times, places, and people—not to escape our world, but to better understand and address its issues. The book-length nonfiction that middle schoolers will read possesses a unique blend of heart-rending storytelling, artful juxtaposition of subtopics,... more

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Literary Nonfiction with Trade Pack

Katie Clements, Audra Robb

About the Unit In this unit, you’ll introduce your students to nonfiction books and media they will love, and teach them how to make the most of these portals to fascinating times, places, and people—not to escape our world, but to better understand and address its issues. The book-length nonfiction that middle schoolers will read possesses a unique blend of heart-rending storytelling, artful juxtaposition of subtopics,... more

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Social Issues Book Clubs
Reading for Empathy and Advocacy

Lucy Calkins, Audra Robb, Emily Strang-Campbell

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... more

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

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

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... more

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Tapping the Power of Nonfiction

Lucy Calkins, Katie Clements

About the Unit Nonfiction reading skills are essential to students’ achievement in virtually every academic discipline. To do science, students need to read science books and articles. To study history, they need to be skilled at reading all kinds of primary and secondary sources. When we help students become powerful readers of nonfiction, we help them become powerful learners. Note: This unit assumes you have... more

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Tapping the Power of Nonfiction with Trade Pack

Katie Clements, Edited By Lucy Calkins

About the Unit Nonfiction reading skills are essential to students’ achievement in virtually every academic discipline. To do science, students need to read science books and articles. To study history, they need to be skilled at reading all kinds of primary and secondary sources. When we help students become powerful readers of nonfiction, we help them become powerful learners. Note: This unit assumes you have... more

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