Links to Literacy

LINKING EDUCATORS TO LITERACY - HSSD 2015-16 - Vol. 11

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Facebook & Twitter: Units of Study

Have questions about the Units of Study? Want other teachers' perspectives and answers?


Authors Lucy Calkins and Amanda Hartman, in conjunction with the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project, have created Facebook groups to support teachers through the teaching of the Units of Study. These groups offer real time support for teachers across the country. You will find answers to a variety of questions from scheduling and pacing to the use of rubrics and checklists. Search the group name and request to "join" or "like" the page. They are quick to accept new members.


Facebook pages/groups:

  • Units of Study in Writing TCRWP: This group is for teachers and administrators to talk and share all about the units of study that you are doing in Writing Workshops!
  • Units of Study in Reading TCRWP: This Facebook group is a digital forum for the (TCRWP) community of educators to share the stories of their readers and their work with the reading units of study.
  • Units of Study in Middle School TCRWP: This group is for Middle School teachers who are implementing units of study in writing and reading workshop. Here, we are hoping, to open up a space for you to share how the work is going, ways you are developing curriculum together in teams and how your students are developing! Please post artifacts, epiphanies, ideas and questions so that the community can respond and work together!


The group also hosts and promotes twitter chats. Upcoming chats:


  • January 20th at 6:30pm on Twitter. Katy Wischow will be leading a Twitter Chat. ‪#‎TCRWP‬ about UOS in reading and writing non fiction for MS! Mark your calendars now!
  • Weekly chats Wednesdays at 6:30pm #TCRWP.

Foundations Class Information

Upcoming Professional Learning:

Weeks of June 13 or August 15

Teacher Audience: K-8, Content Area, ELL, Special Educator, Administrators


Participants will gain an understanding of the HSSD literacy vision and mission supported by foundational information and practical applications for district literacy instruction. Attendees will review the ELA Common Core State Standards and investigate best practices in comprehensive literacy. They will dive deeper into the informal and formal assessment methods used in the Howard-Suamico School District and learn how to use standards and assessment to plan instruction. In addition, participants will learn the essential components of the HSSD literacy plan, as well as receive an introduction to the planning and instructional formats articulated in the literacy plan (i.e.: Universal Design for Learning, Gradual Release of Responsibility, Balanced Literacy Framework, Writer's Workshop) for improving student achievement in an English Language Arts literacy block.



  • The course will meet face to face on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday and Thursday is online. Friday is optional for one-on-one coaching appointments.
  • Please note there will be two follow up dates that will occur during the school year. Plan to attend these dates as well.
  • Sign up in MyLearningPlan to reserve your spot.
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Winter PALS Testing

Winter PALS testing minimum requirement:

  • Any students identified through the Fall PALS assessment need to be assessed.


Teachers may choose to assess additional students based on the Systematic Response Table and/or teacher discretion to monitor progress and plan instruction.

HSSD: Units of Study Book Studies

Writing Pathways and the Guide to the Common Core have been combined into one course. Here is the access code: PCBH4-F3F3M
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Units of Study Resource Location Update

Due to teacher request, the Lucy Calkins Units of Study resources have been moved to a Schoology GROUP called: HSSD Writing Units of Study. The Access Code to join is N2BBJ-W5B2K. The materials can be found by clicking on the resource tab found along the left hand side of the group page.


Teachers will now be able to export the materials into their own courses from the resources in the group. This also allows for automatic updates and allows access to materials through the summer and beyond.

2015-16 Units of Study Expectations

Rubrics: All grade levels will use Lucy Calkins' rubrics to score all areas (e.g., conventions, structure, genre).


Grading: Each unit will be taught and assessed at least one time this year. Use post on-demand assessment data and consider other important aspects of student writing to inform grading decisions (e.g., notebook entries, drafts and publications).


Report Cards: Writing standards can be aligned to follow Units of Study program.


*This is year 1 of a 3 year implementation.

If you would like to submit your own questions, use the link below!

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