"My co-authors and I thought hard about the most important advice we can give you as you get started with the units. We've overviewed the year, helping you think about whether to teach the units in sequence, and suggesting alternatives that might work for you. We've then focused on giving you an overview of the first unit for each grade to help ensure your work with your students is the most productive it can possibly be from Day One."
— Lucy Calkins
If you'll be teaching the new Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K–5, you'll want to start your year by gathering with colleagues at your grade level and participating together in a study group led by Lucy Calkins and her co-authors from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
In these 45- to 90-minute grade-level study groups, you can expect to learn:
The options Lucy suggests for the sequence of units across your year
Whether at your grade level, it's advisable to start with Unit 1 if your kids are new to reading workshop
The books you'll need for Unit 1 (and 2) and ways to give kids access to them
The skills that are highlighted in Unit 1, the storyline of the Unit, the special tips Lucy has for making the Unit work
Plus, a crash course in how to teach the minilessons so they're mini—and other start-of-the year teaching methods.
Lucy Calkins and her coauthors have also developed an overview of grades 3–5 assessment, focusing especially on the performance assessments and learning progressions.
This fast-paced, nuts-and-bolts help directly from Lucy and her colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project will give you the best possible start using the new series.