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Welcome to BK Educational Resources

Welcome to BK Educational Resources

Welcome to BK Educational Resources Welcome to BK Educational Resources

Reading Units of Study


Series Overview K-5

Series Overview 6-8

Grade-Level Sampler K-5

Reading Units of Study Guide

A Guide to the Reading Workshop, Middle School

Writing Units of Study


Series Overview K-5

Series Overveiew 6-8

Grade-Level Sample K-5

Grade-Level Sampler 6-8

Writing Units of Study Guide

Up the Ladder

  • The Up the Ladder books are designed to help classes filled with upper-grade students who are new to writing workshop instruction or who are currently working below benchmark levels in writing.
  • The units meet students where they are and accelerate the development of their skills in narrative, information, and opinion writing.
  • The Up the Ladder units are designed to be absolutely engaging for students in grades 3–6, but the primary goal has been to ensure that students make rapid, dramatic progress toward grade-level writing work.


Comprehensive Overview


Need an overview of the reading and writing workshop? Lucy and her team have created an overview of everything you need to know about using the Units in your classroom.

It's here!! Units of Study for Teaching Phonics


  •  5  units per grade level, offered as grade-level sets
  • Sets also include a Guide, Small-Group book, and online resources. 
  • Assessment  is provided in the form of pre- and post-assessment in reading and writing  for each unit.
  • Instruction will include the use of reading mats, letter cards, anchor charts, sticky notes, partner work, reading play dates and will incorporate kids' own writing and beloved literature.
  • 15-20 minutes of daily instruction
  • Optional Tools & Resources pack  available separately.

Library Shelves Aligned with the Units of Study

TCRWP Recommended Shelves

The TCRWP Classroom Libraries were designed to serve as the bedrock of powerful classroom libraries- libraries that teachers will continue to build on year after year. The core libraries will help all kids develop powerful reading skills, support their deep learning, and inspire them to read up a storm, but, in addition to the complete sn-level and below benchmark collection, the curators also developed library shelves to support selected. units of study. Use this chart to choose additional library shelves with content that is specifically aligned to reading and writing units.

TCRWP and Lucy Calkins Classroom Libraries


“The research on reading achievement is unequivocal and long-standing, and it shows clearly that reading is . . . everything. Children’s reading engagement, including the amount and variety of what they read, is directly linked not just to reading achievement, but also to overall academic achievement.”

- Lucy Calkins

Grade by Grade At a Glance


View the cohesive overview for each grade here.

Suggested Sequence of Units


Recommended for schools that are brand new to the work or where students are reading or writing significantly below benchmark.

Units of Study for Middle School Reading


Find out more about the NEW reading Units for middle school.