The CD-ROM Part 2: Organizing Resources

Apr 9, 2015 by

This post is part of a collection of posts dedicated to supporting teachers who are in the beginning stages of implementing the Calkins Units of Study for Writing.

Once you have explored the materials on the CD-ROM (see previous post for step-by-step directions), you might want to make a hard copy of the materials for your upcoming Unit of Study and place them in a small resource binder. I suggest making one binder for each of your four core units. To do this, click on the image of the unit of study. (If you are having trouble navigating to this page, see previous post).


(click to enlarge image)


This will open up a list of the sessions with links to each resource.


Click on each link to open PDF files of each resource. For example, the PDF below is a sample chart from one of the units.

Sample Chart


I suggest opening and printing each document and placing the printed copies in a 3-ring binder (1/2″-1″).

Organize CD Materials

I put mine in page protectors and tabbed the resources by session number with small durable Post-it tabs.

UOS Binder

I also leave some extra page protectors to add additional resources that I might gather or create, such as samples of student work that I want to save for next year’s students.

This task, along with the others in my Preparation Protocol, might seem like a lot of extra work. I view it as an investment, however.  Once you have this done, you never have to do it again (unless you change grade levels). To lighten the load, why not do this with a colleague or a couple of colleagues? Each of you can take a unit and print the resources in duplicate (or triplicate if you are doing this for two colleagues).

One last tip about the CD-ROM:  the cardboard case that houses the CD in your kit does not secure it very well.  I know a number of teachers who have lost the CD because it slipped right out of the case.  I suggest securing the case with a binder clip or putting it into another case.  I also suggest copying the files onto your desktop so that you don’t need to have the CD inserted every time you want to access the resources.  If you do this, be sure to drag or copy and paste all four icons.  If you only copy the “resource” folder, you will be able to open all of the files, but they will appear as abbreviations and not in a user-friendly format.

Copy and paste all four of these onto your computer.