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Course Curriculum

Here's what you'll learn...

  • 01


    • Welcome to This Course

    • How to Use the Course Features

  • 02

    Module 1: Building Background


    • An Introduction to Best Practices

    • Clarifying Some Terminology

    • Rationale

    • What is Your Literacy History?

    • Reflecting on Our Literacy Histories: What Grows Readers?

    • What the Research Says About Effective Literacy Instruction

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 1

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 2

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 3

    • Reflecting on the Research Part 4

    • What Research Says Adolescent Readers Need

  • 03

    Module 2: Leveraging Balanced Literacy in the Reading/Writing Workshop

    • Why Focus on Balanced Literacy?

    • Balanced Literacy Components

    • Importance of Oral Language

    • Recommended Times

    • Gradual Release of Responsibility

    • Another Look at Balanced Literacy

    • What Happens During Independent Time?

    • Does This Really Work?

    • Balanced Literacy in the Middle Grades

  • 04

    Module 3: Balanced Literacy Components

    • Introduction to Read-Aloud

    • Introduction to Shared Reading

    • Introduction to Word Study

    • Introduction to Small Group Instruction

    • Introduction to Independent Reading

    • Introduction to Writing About Reading

    • A Balanced Approach to Reading for English Learners

  • 05

    Module 4: Overview of Reading Workshop

    • 2-Year-Old Bike Rider

    • What do readers need?

    • Why Reading Workshop?

    • Workshop Structure

    • English Learners Need Predictable Structures

    • BONUS: Thoughts About Literacy Centers

    • Literacy Essentials Connections in the Reading Workshop

    • Approaches to Teaching Reading in the Middle Grades

    • Reading Workshop Setup

    • Workshop Structure in the Middle Grades

  • 06

    Module 5: Minilessons

    • Introduction to Minilessons

    • The "Minnie" on the Mini

    • Architecture of a Minilesson, Common Pitfalls, and Useful Tips

    • Minilesson Planning Template (Crowd Favorite!)

    • Let's Observe a Minilesson

    • How to Distill a Lesson (and Save Planning Time)

    • How to Plan a Lesson (and Save Time)

    • Reproducible Cheat Sheet and Planning Template

    • Supporting English Learners During Minilessons

    • Reflecting on Our Minilessons and Setting a Goal

  • 07

    Module 6: Book Access

    • Just-Right Texts

    • Choice

    • Access to Books

    • Digital Texts

    • Books to Support English Learners

    • Book Access Bonus

    • Literacy Essentials & Book Access

    • Considerations Around Texts in the Middle Grades

  • 08

    Module 7: Shares and Celebrations

    • The Teaching Share

    • Sharing for Response

    • Unit Culminations: Celebrations

  • 09

    BONUS: Unpacking the Calkins Reading Units of Study Kits

    • What's in Your K-2 Kit?

    • What's in Your Grade 3-5 Kit?

    • The 6-8 Reading Units At A Glance

    • Accessing Heinemann Resources

    • K-2 Read Aloud and Shared Reading Resources

    • 3-5 Read Aloud Resources

    • Units, Bends, and Sessions, Oh My!

    • Planning Tips: Understanding the Storyline of the Units

    • Planning Tips: Tabbing the Sessions

    • Additional Unit Resources to Support English Learners

    • PD in a Box! (K-2)

    • PD in a Box! (Grades 3-5)

    • PD in a Box! (Grades 6-8)

    • Supporting Families with the Units of Study

Your Instructors


Annemarie has a passion for growing readers, cultivating writers, and empowering teachers! She has 33 years of teaching experience--15 years as an elementary teacher and 18 as a K-6 literacy specialist/consultant in schools across the U.S. and Canada. During 7 of those years, she served on Lucy Calkins' Units of Study Team (TCRWP) and for the past 18 years, she has been an instructor for the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). She is also the founder of www.Teacher2Teacher, a website of free resources for elementary teachers. Her goal is to provide engaging, practical, and relevant strategies that inspire teachers to grow lifelong readers and writers in their classrooms.

Annemarie Johnson

Literacy Specialist

Your Instructors


Jenna Furr spent the first seven years of her teaching career as a first-grade teacher. Jenna's classroom wasn't just a place for 6-year-olds to learn, but it also served as a lab classroom for her colleagues to observe reading and writing workshop. She found joy in teaching teachers and soon transitioned into a her district's Literacy Coach role supporting K-12 teachers across 7 schools. After taking a parenting leave to raise her three small children, Jenna was able to continue supporting teachers through literacy consulting opportunities. As a mother & teacher, Jenna is passionate about growing the love of reading and writing with her two favorite kinds of people…educators and children.

Jenna Furr

Literacy Specialist

Your Instructors


Christy has been a literacy coach for the past 11 years for a school district in Northeast Ohio and has worked as a Units of Study Team Staff Developer for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. On any given day, you can find her teaching alongside teachers in the classroom, facilitating professional development during grade level meetings, collaborating on the planning of differentiated reading and writing instruction, working with teachers and administrators to design and review new curriculum materials, etc… and due to changes the Covid pandemic caused within her school district this past year, in addition to literacy coaching, Christy taught three sections of ELA for remote learners. As anyone that is or has been a literacy coach knows, the role is diverse! Christy’s love for the field of literacy stems from her passion to help both students and teachers find success and joy in their teaching and learning. She knows firsthand how full our plates get as teachers and coaches, and she hopes to be able to share tips and strategies to help with the work to achieve our goals.

Christy Patriarca

Literacy Specialist

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