Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grade 1 w/ Trade Pack
A Workshop Curriculum
By Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University
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 literal and inferential comprehension.
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. The second unit, Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction, taps into children’s natural curiosity as they explore nonfiction, while you teach comprehension strategies, word solving, vocabulary, fluency, and author’s craft. The third unit, Readers Have Big Jobs to Do: Fluency, Phonics, and Comprehension, focuses on the reading process to set children up to read increasingly complex texts. The last unit of first grade, Meeting Characters and Learning Lessons: A Study of Story Elements, spotlights story elements and the skills that are foundational to literal and inferential comprehension, including empathy, imagination, envisioning, prediction, character study, and interpretation.
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 rooted in the Project’s best practices and newest thinking. It includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading skills and strategies, grounded in the Project’s learning progressions for narrative and informational reading.