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Link to A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Primary Grades

Lucy Calkins

The Guide to the Reading Workshop, first introduced as a part of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, is now available for separate purchase. The Guide is an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about reading workshop.

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

Lucy Calkins

Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, this reading series is rooted in the Project's best practices. Designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards, it includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading skills and strategies.

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

Lucy Calkins

Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, this reading series is rooted in the Project's best practices. Designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards, it includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading skills and strategies.

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Link to 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

The first unit in the kindergarten units begins by helping students build foundational reading skills, including print and phonemic awareness. In the second unit, the youngsters learn “super power” strategies. Unit 3 invites children to attempt more difficult books and work on fluency, and by Unit 4, kindergartners begin to establish their identities as readers in Becoming Avid Readers.

Boxed Set

Link to 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

The first unit in the kindergarten units begins by helping students build foundational reading skills, including print and phonemic awareness. In the second unit, the youngsters learn “super power” strategies that help them with fluency. Unit 3 invites children to attempt more difficult books and work on fluency, and by Unit 4, kindergartners begin to establish their identities as readers in Becoming Avid Readers.

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

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Kindergarten Trade Pack includes age-appropriate texts that feature heavily in the units. They are teaching texts, meant to be used in read aloud or shared reading to model effective reading strategies and provide background knowledge.

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Link to Summer School Units of Study Trade Book Pack, Rising Grade 1

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This trade book pack includes a physical copy of a single text: Saturday by Oge Mora. Teachers will need Saturday in order to teach the 2022 Summer School Units of Study Curriculum for Rising Grade 1 students.

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Link to 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

In unit 1 of the first-grade units, Lucy and her coauthors invite teachers to establish ability-based partnerships that thrive on the social power of peer-based reading. Across the next unit, children study comprehension, word solving, vocabulary, and fluency in nonfiction. Unit 3 focuses on phonics to set readers up for complex texts. Finally, the last unit spotlights skills that are foundational to comprehension.

Boxed Set

Link to 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

In unit 1 of the first-grade units, Lucy and her coauthors invite teachers to establish ability-based partnerships that thrive on the social power of peer-based reading. Across the next unit, children study comprehension, word solving, vocabulary, and fluency in nonfiction. Unit 3 focuses on phonics to set readers up for complex texts. Finally, the last unit spotlights skills that are foundational to comprehension.

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

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Grade 1 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate texts that feature heavily in the units. They are teaching texts, meant to be used in read aloud or shared reading to model effective reading strategies and provide background knowledge.

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Link to Word Detectives Trade Pack

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.

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Link to Word Detectives: Strategies for Using High-Frequency Words and for Decoding, Grade 1

Elizabeth Franco, Havilah Jespersen, 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 skills
  • And much more!

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Link to Word Detectives: Strategies for Using High-Frequency Words and for Decoding, Grade 1, with Trade Pack

Elizabeth Franco, Havilah Jespersen, 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 skills
  • And much more!

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Link to Summer School Units of Study Trade Book Pack, Rising Grade 2

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This trade book pack includes a physical copy of three texts: Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy; Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum; The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad. These texts are referenced in the videos that comprise the 2022 Summer School Units of Study Curriculum for Rising Grade 2 students.

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Link to 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

Through these units, children evolve from being “little-kid” readers to well-rounded, “big-kid” readers. The units encourage students to apply all their skills to decipher hard words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas. Unit 1 focuses on fiction while Unit 2 deals with nonfiction. The third unit explores fluency, understanding figurative language, and comprehension, and the final unit invites children to work within series book clubs.

Boxed Set

Link to 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

Through these units, children evolve from being “little-kid” readers to well-rounded, “big-kid” readers. The units encourage students to apply all their skills to decipher hard words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas. Unit 1 focuses on fiction while Unit 2 deals with nonfiction. The third unit explores fluency, understanding figurative language, and comprehension, and the final unit invites children to work within series book clubs.

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

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Grade 2 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate texts that feature heavily in the units. They are teaching texts, meant to be used in read aloud or shared reading to model effective reading strategies and provide background knowledge.

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Link to A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Intermediate Grades

Lucy Calkins

The Guide to the Reading Workshop, first introduced as a part of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, is now available for separate purchase. The Guide is an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about reading workshop.

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Link to Mystery Trade Pack

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.

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Link to Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise, Grade 3

Brooke Geller, Alissa Reicherter, 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.

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

Brooke Geller, Alissa Reicherter, 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.

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Link to Summer School Units of Study Trade Book Pack, Rising Grade 3

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This trade book pack includes a physical copy of seven texts: Bradford Street Buddies: Backyard Campout by Jerdine Nolen; Yasmin the Explorer by Saadia Faruqi; Pinky and Rex and the New Neighbors by James Howe; Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow; Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson; Andy Shane is NOT in Love by Jennifer Richard Jacobson; Andy Shane and the Barn Sale Mystery by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. These texts are referenced in the videos that comprise the 2022 Summer School Units of Study Curriculum for Rising Grade 3 students.

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Link to 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

In third grade, children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. These upper elementary school learners immerse themselves in within-reach fiction books and expository nonfiction as they work on vocabulary development, ascertaining main ideas, recognizing text infrastructure, and thinking critically. The final unit invites youngsters to treat texts like teachers as kids pore through information about animals.

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Link to 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

In the third grade, children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. These upper elementary school learners immerse themselves in within-reach fiction books and expository nonfiction as they work on vocabulary development, ascertaining main ideas, recognizing text infrastructure, and thinking critically. The final unit invites youngsters to treat texts like teachers as kids pore through information about animals.

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

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Grade 3 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate texts that feature heavily in the units. They are teaching texts, meant to be used in read aloud or shared reading to model effective reading strategies and provide background knowledge.

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Link to Summer School Units of Study Trade Book Pack, Rising Grade 4

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This trade book pack includes a physical copy of four texts: R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford; My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: la vida de Celia Cruz by Monica Brown; Ugly Cat and Pablo by Isabel Quintero; Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother by Isabel Quintero. These texts are referenced in the videos that comprise the 2022 Summer School Units of Study Curriculum for Rising Grade 4 students.

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Link to 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

Fourth graders are ready to delve into complex texts. In Unit 1 children study the complexity of characters and themes. Unit 2 invites students to form research teams to investigate topics about extreme weather. In Unit 3, kids explore history while developing their skills in cross-text synthesis, close reading, and evaluating multiple points of view. Finally, in the fourth unit students join historical fiction clubs.

Boxed Set

Link to 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

Fourth graders are ready to delve into complex texts. In Unit 1 children study the complexity of characters and themes. Unit 2 invites students to form research teams to investigate topics about extreme weather. In Unit 3, kids explore history while developing their skills in cross-text synthesis, close reading, and evaluating multiple points of view. Finally, in the fourth unit students join historical fiction clubs.

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

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Grade 4 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate texts that feature heavily in the units. They are teaching texts, meant to be used in read aloud or shared reading to model effective reading strategies and provide background knowledge.

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Link to Summer School Units of Study Trade Book Pack, Rising Grade 5

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This trade book pack includes a physical copy of three texts: It's Getting Hot in Here by Bridget Haos; Ugly Cat and Pablo by Isabel Quintero; Ugly Cat and Pablo and the Missing Brother by Isabel Quintero. These texts are referenced in the videos that comprise the 2022 Summer School Units of Study Curriculum for Rising Grade 5 students.

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Link to 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

These reading units guide fifth graders toward intellectual independence. In Unit 1 students practice close reading, noting how authors develop themes in fictional works. Unit 2 deals with higher-level nonfiction and emphasizes strong foundational skills, such as fluency and word solving. The third unit has kids read complex nonfiction under the umbrella of argument and advocacy. In the final unit students explore fantasy bookclubs.

Boxed Set

Link to 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

These reading units guide fifth graders toward intellectual independence. In Unit 1 students practice close reading, noting how authors develop themes in fictional works. Unit 2 deals with higher-level nonfiction and emphasizes strong foundational skills, such as fluency and word solving. The third unit has kids read complex nonfiction under the umbrella of argument and advocacy. In the final unit students explore fantasy bookclubs.

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

Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Edited By Lucy Calkins

The Grade 5 Trade Pack includes age-appropriate texts that feature heavily in the units. They are teaching texts, meant to be used in read aloud or shared reading to model effective reading strategies and provide background knowledge.

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Link to A Deep Study of Character

Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth

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 and coaches both teachers and students in how to harness those methods to increase reading expertise and independence. An ideal unit for the beginning of the school year, this unit offers extra support for organizing a classroom library, matching readers to books, and organizing partnerships.

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Link to A Deep Study of Character with Trade Pack

Mary Ehrenworth, Edited By Lucy Calkins

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 and coaches both teachers and students in how to harness those methods to increase reading expertise and independence.

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Link to A Guide to the Reading Workshop: Secondary Grades

Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth

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
  • and much more!

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Link to Dystopian Book Clubs

Lucy Calkins, Katy Wischow

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.

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Link to Dystopian Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Katy Wischow, Edited By Lucy Calkins

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.

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Link to Historical Fiction Book Clubs

Mary Ehrenworth, Pablo Wolfe, Edited By Lucy Calkins

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. The reading of historical fiction in this unit will not only kindle in your students an interest in the genre, but will also generate awareness of how much we have yet to learn from history. 

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Link to Historical Fiction Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Mary Ehrenworth, Pablo Wolfe, Edited By Lucy Calkins

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. The reading of historical fiction in this unit will not only kindle in your students an interest in the genre, but will also generate awareness of how much we have yet to learn from history. 

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Link to Investigating Characterization
Author-Study Book Clubs

Mary Ehrenworth, Katy Wischow, Edited By Lucy Calkins

Part of the Units of Study in Teaching Reading, Middle School Grades, this 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 story, and presenting readers with opportunities to engage in meta-analysis, fostering an appreciation of the craft of the text as well as the story.

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Link to Investigating Characterization: Author-Study Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Mary Ehrenworth, Katy Wischow, Edited By Lucy Calkins

Part of the Units of Study in Teaching Reading, Middle School Grades, this 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 story, and presenting readers with opportunities to engage in meta-analysis, fostering an appreciation of the craft of the text as well as the story.

 

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Link to Literary Nonfiction

Katie Clements, Audra Robb, Edited By Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth

In this unit, which is part of the Units of Study in Teaching Reading, Middle School Grades, you’ll introduce your students to 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.

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Link to Literary Nonfiction with Trade Pack

Katie Clements, Audra Robb, Edited By Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth

In this unit, which is part of the Units of Study in Teaching Reading, Middle School Grades, you’ll introduce your students to 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.

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Link to Social Issues Book Clubs
Reading for Empathy and Advocacy

Lucy Calkins, Audra Robb, Emily Strang-Campbell

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

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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Link to Summer School Units of Study Trade Book Pack, Rising Grade 6

Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

This trade book pack includes a physical copy of three texts: It's Getting Hot in Here by Bridget Haos; Drawn Together by Minh Lê and Dan Santat; Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye. These texts are referenced in the videos that comprise the 2022 Summer School Units of Study Curriculum for Rising Grade 6 students.

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Link to Tapping the Power of Nonfiction

Lucy Calkins, Katie Clements

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.

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Link to Tapping the Power of Nonfiction with Trade Pack

Katie Clements, Edited By Lucy Calkins

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.

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Link to Critical Literacy: Unlocking Contemporary Fiction

Mary Ehrenworth, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Heather Burns

This unit is not like what most of us experienced in our English classes as teens. It’s not an all-class novel unit, nor a canonical text unit, nor a classic interpretation unit. Like the novel at the heart of this unit—Ibi Zoboi’s Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix—this unit offers a new take on an old classic.

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Link to Critical Literacy: Unlocking Contemporary Fiction with Trade Book

Mary Ehrenworth, Sonja Cherry-Paul, Heather Burns

This unit is unlike what most of us experienced in our English classes as teens. It’s not an all-class novel unit, nor a classic interpretation unit, nor a canonical text unit. Like the novel at the heart of this unit—Ibi Zoboi’s Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix—this unit offers a new take on an old classic.

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Link to Essential Research Skills for Teens

Mary Ehrenworth, Marc Todd, Edited By Lucy Calkins

This unit is all about learning well in today’s digital world and then sharing that knowledge with others—the most fundamental and joyous of intellectual experiences. The skills and study habits instilled in this unit help students to access even the most challenging academic classes, and they set the stage for students to be successful in high school and beyond.

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