Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins for kindergarten through 8th grade and Units of Study for Teaching Reading for kindergarten through 8th grade were selected and approved by the Board of Education. Below are some of the important factors from Lucy Calkins that influenced this recommendation for our district:

    • Builds foundational reading skills and strategies
    • Supports the teaching of interpretation, synthesis, and main idea
    • Supports inquiry and collaboration
    • Supports teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
    • Focus on opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing with increasing complexity and sophistication
    • Fosters high-level thinking, including regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique
    • Develops and refine strategies for writing across the curriculum
    • Supports greater independence and fluency through intensive writing opportunities