Lucy Calkins

State-of-the-art workshop units, tools and methods from Lucy Calkins

Units of study writing Up the ladder writing Units of study phonics

Writing Units

Built on best practices and a proven framework developed over decades of work, the writing units support explicit instruction, provide rich opportunities for practice, and help teachers use learning progressions to set students on trajectories of growth.


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Up the Ladder Writing Units

The Up the Ladder units teach foundational skills to ramp kids up to the work they will do in the grade-level writing units.


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Phonics Units

These lean, engaging units provide explicit instruction in high-leverage phonics skills and strategies and support transfer of phonics into reading and writing workshop


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Units of study reading Up the ladder Reading Professional-books

Reading Units

The reading units offer a framework for teaching the skills and strategies of proficient reading. Performance assessments and learning progressions help teachers monitor progress, lead small group instruction, and set next-step goals.


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Up the Ladder Reading Units

Tools for repeated successful practice and rapid movement along a gradually increasing progression of challenges. (Fiction: grades 3 and up; Nonfiction: grades 4–6).


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Professional Books

Build confidence in the classroom by improving teaching and learning practices in reading and writing.


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A balanced approach

Balanced teaching of writing, reading and phonics is important to create a learning environment with high literacy engagement. The diagram below shows how the Lucy Calkins series’ contribute to learning in each of these areas, with phonics sitting between, and supporting both writing and reading equally, as well as showing how each area can be balanced as students progress. 

 A balanced approach


 

Meet Lucy Calkins

Over 30 years in the making, the Lucy Calkins Units of Study have earned a reputation as state-of-the-art resources.

As Founding Director of the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, Lucy Calkins has spearheaded the development of impactful teaching methods, and empowering professional development resources.

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