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Units of Study for Teaching Reading Video Orientations, Grades K–5


My co-authors and I are pleased as punch with the new Units of Study in Teaching Reading. To give you the best possible send off to a year with these units. We developed a collection of free Getting-Started Videos which are grade-specific mini-courses (k-5) that will give you a great start to teaching the new Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K -5. We thought about the most important advice we can give as you at this critical moment. You’ll be given a fast-paced overview of the sequence of units for your grade level, answers to predictable questions, and nuts and bolts help with the first unit. With Heinemann’s help, each mini-course is studded with video clips and images of classrooms.

lf you’ll be teaching the new Units of Study for Teaching Reading. K -5, you’ll want to gather with colleagues at your grade Level and use this offering to support an hour-long study group. Of course. you can also zoom in on just one subtopic or another. We also created a separate mini-course that overviews the performance assessments and learning progressions.

Lucy















Support for some of the Second Units in Reading

Grade 4 Unit 2

Grade 5 Unit 2

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Following on the success of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, the new grade-by-grade Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K–5:

  • * provides state-of-the-art tools and methods to help students move up the ladder of text complexity
  • * builds foundational reading skills and strategies
  • * supports the teaching of interpretation, synthesis, and main idea
  • * offers classroom structures to support inquiry and collaboration
  • * gives teachers opportunities to teach and to learn teaching while receiving strong scaffolding and on-the-job guidance.

“This series builds on decades of teaching and research—in literally tens of thousands of schools. In states across the country, this curriculum has already given young people extraordinary power, not only as readers, but also as thinkers. When young people are explicitly taught the skills and strategies of proficient reading and are invited to live as richly literate people do, carrying books everywhere, bringing reading into every nook and corner of their lives, the results are dramatic.”

—Lucy Calkins