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Character Study/Intro to Reading Workshop with the Common Core Unit 1

Grade Levels
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Common Core Standards
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.6, SL.2.1, SL.2.2, RF.2.3, RF.2.4b, W.2.3, W.2.8
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Reading Unit of Study, that focuses on characters and an introduction to Reading Workshop. This four-five week unit of study focuses on close readings with books that contain characters that children love and in which they can relate. This unit is the first in a series of units that cover the entire year.

This first unit reflects the following Common Core Shifts:

Instructional Shifts In ELA
(English Language Arts)
Balancing Information and Literary Text
Building Knowledge in the Disciplines
Staircase of Complexity
Text-Based Answers
Writing From Sources
Academic Vocabulary

The skills addressed in this unit are the following:
First Week procedures for Reading Workshop including:
Interactive Read Aloud
Shared Reading
Independent Reading
Choosing just-right books
Setting Reading Goals
Recording Reading
Talking about books
Reading and Discussion Tasks including:
Asking Questions (text-based)
Predicting/Inferring
Retelling/Summarizing
Visualization
Connections (text-to-self and text-to-text)
Language Tasks:
Introducing vocabulary
Nouns/Verbs
Capitals at the beginning of the sentence, geographic locations, and names
Ending punctuation
Complete sentences
Writing Tasks:
Writing about reading (answering text-based questions and retelling)
Foundational Skills:
Decoding strategies
Fluency work

Authors chosen for this unit:
Mo Willems
Cynthia Rylant (recommended by the Common Core)

Mo Willems Book Titles include:
Knuffle Bunny
Knuffle Bunny Too
Knuffle Bunny Free
Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Cynthia Rylant Book Titles include:
Henry and Mudge First Book of Adventures(recommended)
Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend
Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps
Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers


I hope you enjoy this unit and find value in the content. According to the Common Core it is recommended that we take a closer look at text. This may take 2 to 3 days with the same text. This may be a shift in your instruction. However, it allows the focus to go deeper. This unit is written to model this shift.

This unit was created for 2nd grade, but could be a used with a higher first grade class or a lower 3rd grade class.

More units like this may be found at the following links:

Common Core Informational Text With a Focus on Life Cycles and The Body Unit 2

Common Core Gripping Characters With Mysteries Unit 3

Common Core A Closer Look At Informational Text Unit 4

Common Core Folktales, Fairytales, Fables, Oh My! Unit of Study Unit 5
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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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It was written for 2nd grade, but I think with some modifications someone could do it with 1st or 3rd. Third could go deeper with the text based questions and retelling. First would have to do a lot more oral retelling and have a great deal of modeling (as does 2nd grade at this time of the year). Thank you for your feedback!
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On  September 28, 2012,  Buyer asked:
I would love to have something like this for fourth grade. Would it be hard to adapt this for the upper grades by changing the text?
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On  September 29, 2012Trina R Dralus answered:
I think the shifts represented are easy to adapt, but you will just want to choose much more complex text. The questions should be text based as well. So this unit might be used as a guide for what you might do, but the days spent on foundational skills and language skills are probably far too simplistic for 4th graders. I hope that answered the question.
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On  July 12, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Are you working on a non-fiction unit for the Common Core? I am very impressed by your Common Core Character Study unit.
Thanks!
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On  July 12, 2012Trina R Dralus answered:
I am! I had my tonsils out so I have been down a bit. I will try to get it done by the beginning of August. Thank you for your kind words.
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Character Study/Intro to Reading Workshop with the Common
Character Study/Intro to Reading Workshop with the Common
Character Study/Intro to Reading Workshop with the Common
Character Study/Intro to Reading Workshop with the Common