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

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Character Study! 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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103
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Teaching Duration
1 Month

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