Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coauthors aim to prepare students for any reading and writing task they will face and to turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. Lucy and her colleagues have drawn on their more than 30 years of research and work in thousands of schools across the country and around the world to develop powerful curriculum resources, instructional methods, and professional learning opportunities to support teachers as they work together and with their students toward these vitally important goals.

In order to provide the greatest flexibility for middle school classrooms, the Units and the Guide for Middle School Reading are all sold separately. You may choose a different sequence based on your school’s curricular needs, but also keep in mind that there is a layering of complexity across the units that you will want to consider as you plan.


Purchasing Options

Guide to the Reading Workshop

A Guide to the Reading Workshop


Each Unit with Trade Pack

Investigating Characterization: Author-Study Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Literary Nonfiction with Trade Pack

A Deep Study of Character with Trade Pack

Tapping the Power of Nonfiction with Trade Pack


Social Issues Book Clubs: Reading for Empathy and Advocacy with Trade Pack

Dystopian Book Clubs with Trade Pack

Historical Fiction Book Clubs with Trade Pack


Each Unit without Trade Pack

Investigating Characterization

Literary Nonfiction

A Deep Study of Character

Tapping the Power of Nonfiction


Social Issues Book Clubs

Dystopian Book Clubs

Historical Fiction Book Clubs

Critical Literacy

One Suggestion for Sequencing Units Across Grade Levels