Mini Reading Instruction Units
Designed for Days, Not Weeks
Teachers know how hard it is to plan instruction for the week before vacation begins or when a class transitions between units. To offer educators using Readtopia more flexibility during those periods, we’ve created Readtopia: Shorts, mini-reading instruction units for students with complex learning needs designed to be taught in 1-2+ weeks.
These animal-based units are a teacher’s ideal partner in ensuring comprehensive literacy instruction continues even when the academic calendar is challenging or during shorter instructional periods such as Extended School Year (ESY) programs.
The Benefits of Shorter Reading Instruction Units
Many curricular units–including Readtopia–are designed to extend over 4-6+ weeks. This longer time frame promotes in-depth exploration of a theme or topic, gives students sufficient time to grasp new concepts and skills, and provides a consistent routine that allows for repetition with variety.
However, there are many advantages to shorter units. They are far more flexible than long units, so they are more adaptable to students’ pace and learning styles. Additionally, teachers are often bound by strict curriculum or standardized testing schedules, making it challenging to fit in lengthier units during some times of the year.
Shorter units build teachers’ flexibility to offer a consistent routine of literacy instruction at all times of the year.
What are Readtopia:Shorts?
A Readtopia:Short unit contains all the literacy instructional elements of Readtopia that teachers love–such as comprehensive teacher guides, videos for background knowledge, graphic novels, close reading, word study, and math lessons–and elevates literacy achievement using the same research-based Readtopia methods.
However, while a traditional Readtopia unit is anchored in a graphic novel that is usually ten chapters long, a Readtopia Short graphic novel is three chapters in length, making it perfect for those times before vacation or when testing is about to begin.
Each short unit is anchored in a 3-chapter graphic novel about an animal from around the world, something we hear students love to read and learn about. Units also include an additional folktale about the featured animal that can be used to extend the lessons and/or to be sent home to provide a home school connection.
The Readtopia Library for Special Educators
The Readtopia library includes a growing collection for educators with 30+ thematic units anchored in adapted classic literature and non-fiction stories that will include four Readtopia:Short units. Two of these short units will be designed for middle and high school students, and two for upper elementary students. The Pride of Tanzania anchored by The Lions of Tanzania is the first of four units to be released.
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