Ah. Finally the folks at the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College published a coherent, comprehensive collection of units. I’ve only finished the first book in the series (of 9), but I so appreciate the specificity and the practicality of the series. I also appreciate the resource CD with printable template and rubrics.
My only complaint is that the authors don’t incorporate more explicit backwards-design into each book. Yes, the unit plans infuse enduring understandings, essential questions, and assessments, but this “start with the end in mind” thinking should be more explicit, so that teachers begin to internalize the habits of good planners (instead of simply implementing other people’s plans).