Reading/Writing Curriculum Calendar Units of Study: Grade 3

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Reading/Writing Curriculum Calendar

Units of Study: Grade 3


Reading Units of Study

Writing Units of Study



Launching Readers’ Workshop

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of text

  • Describe characters and tell how their actions contribute to a sequence of events

Launching Writing Workshop

  • Personal Narrative (Writing many pieces)

  • Building writing stamina



Narrative/Expository Non-fiction

  • Differentiating between narrative nonfiction texts and expository nonfiction texts

Informational Essay/Paragraph Writing

  • Gathering and organizing information


Fables, Folktales, Myths

Writing to a Prompt to Build Writing Stamina in response to a fable, folktale, myth

Open ended responses analyzing, comparing and contrasting two folktales/fables and two or more characters, settings, or events in a story, drawing on specific details in the text


Informational Reading

  • Reading, Research, and Writing in the Content Areas

  • Comparing and contrasting important points and key details presented in multiple texts on same topic

Text Sets

Informational Writing

  • Content Area Writing

Writing an informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas clearly using multimedia sources.

  • Can be published as a poster, essay, or book


Biography Book Clubs

Biography Report


Social Issues Book Clubs

  • Finding the theme

Writing About Reading/Writing to Make a Real World Difference


Envisioning Poetry

Writing Poetry

  • Publish at least one poem


Realistic Fiction

  • Following characters into meaning

  • Distinguish own point of view from that of character’s

  • Envision, predict, synthesize, infer

Realistic Fiction

  • Writing many stories

  • Revise for meaning

  • For test prep purposes and for the culmination of each unit of study, provide students with a writing prompt relating to that specific genre. This prompt should be completed on a computer.

June 2014


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