Lucy Calkins < Up the Ladder



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Up the Ladders

Tools for repeated successful practice and rapid movement along a gradually increasing progression of challenges.


A Workshop Curriculum for Grades 3-6

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

  • are designed for students who are new to workshop instruction or who are currently working below benchmark levels.
  • meet students where they are and accelerate the development of their skills in narrative, information and opinion writing, and fiction and nonfiction reading
  • are designed to be engaging for students in Grades 3 and above, but the primary goal is to ensure that students make rapid, dramatic progress toward grade-level work.



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