- Course Title
- Common Core Standards for English Language Arts K-5
Discover the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts, and gain confidence in applying them to the K-5 classroom. Explore the basic elements of the standards—strands, anchor standards, and grade articulations—and see how they relate to each other. Identify the roles of technology, homework, curricula and assessments in the classroom and be inspired by easy-to-use, practical examples of CCSS-aligned lessons that you can use with your own students.
- Separate fact from fiction, and discover the truth about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
- Explore the CCSS Reading strand, examining its 10 College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards as well as the text exemplars.
- Learn how the Common Core Standards address the most basic literacy skills and how you can adapt them for differentiated instruction.
- Find out how the Common Core Standards for Reading apply to informational text.
- Discover how the Common Core Standards for Reading apply to literature.
- Explore how the Common Core Standards apply to the Writing strand.
- Learn about the role of speaking and listening in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.
- Examine how the Common Core Standards apply to the Language strand.
- Discover the many ways technology and literacy can work together in the 21st-century classroom.
- Understand how integrated literacy, curricula, classroom lessons, and homework fit together to create a CCSS-aligned learning experience.
- Find out about formative assessments as well as two new assessment consortia: PARCC and Smarter Balanced.
- Learn how to align your current lesson plans with CCSS, differentiate instruction with CCSS-articulated goals, and keep parents and community members in the loop!
Wednesday - Lesson 01
In the first lesson, we'll examine some of the most common myths about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). We'll discuss the history of the standards and how they'll help you prepare students for the 21st century. You'll also learn the basic elements of the standards and discover how they relate to each other, and you'll get a handle on the terminology. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll understand the CCSS document and how to use it, and you'll be ready to start examining the standards in greater detail!
Friday - Lesson 02
Today, we'll look at the Common Core Standards for reading. First, we'll explore the 10 anchor standards. You'll see how their broad goals are consistent throughout the grades, kindergarten through grade 12. Then, you'll see how those broad goals are articulated for each grade level in K-5. We'll spend some extra time with the 10th standard, discussing text complexity and how it's measured. And you'll get a chance to explore the text exemplars from CCSS Appendix B. By the end of today's lesson, you'll be ready to examine those Reading strand grade articulations that will be relevant to your own classroom.
Wednesday - Lesson 03
We're going to talk about foundational reading skills today. We'll examine the Common Core Standards for foundational reading skills, and you'll learn how these standards address the most basic literacy skills. We'll discuss ways to incorporate them into lesson plans that easily adapt for inclusive classrooms, and we'll also devote a little time to exploring CCSS Appendix A. By the end of this lesson, you'll be on your way to creating a personalized glossary and a focused collection of grade articulations for your own classroom!
Friday - Lesson 04
In this lesson, we'll look at how the CCSS focus on informational text prepares students for 21st-century citizenship. We'll go over some tips to help you differentiate between literature and informational text, and we'll take a quick look at the informational text exemplars from the CCSS Appendix B. We'll also discuss how text exemplars can help you determine which informational texts satisfy the Common Core Standards. And finally, we'll review some guided reading and close reading techniques and discuss why these are integral to science, math, social studies, and arts classes.
Wednesday - Lesson 05
In today's lesson, you'll discover how literature—stories, poetry, and drama—prepares students for their role in 21st-century society. We'll explore two more close reading strategies, and we'll look at how the tools and strategies we've covered in our discussion of the Reading strand align with the CCSS Anchor Standards for Reading.
Friday - Lesson 06
Today, we'll look at the Common Core Standards for writing. We'll explore the 10 anchor standards for writing, and we'll review how their broad goals are consistent throughout all grades—kindergarten through 12th grade. We'll look at how those broad goals are articulated for each specific K-5 grade level, and we'll also take a peek at the writing exemplars from the CCSS Appendix C. By the end of this lesson, you'll be prepared to study the Writing strand grade articulations that will be relevant to your own classroom!
Wednesday - Lesson 07
Today we'll be looking at the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening. You'll learn how the speaking and listening anchor standards relate to comprehension, collaboration, and presentation of ideas. And we'll examine how these broad goals are articulated for each specific K-5 grade level. We'll also go over a few tried-and-true techniques for maintaining control in a conversational classroom!
Friday - Lesson 08
Here we'll explore the Common Core Standards for Language, the fourth and final ELA strand. You'll learn how these anchor standards relate to the conventions of standard English, how language functions in different contexts, and how young people acquire and use vocabulary. We'll also review how the broad goals of the anchor standards are articulated for each specific K-5 grade level. We'll look at some practical examples of classroom activities that encourage students to play with language, and we'll examine how "playing with language" helps students actually understand language!
Wednesday - Lesson 09
In today's lesson, you'll learn how each anchor standard and grade articulation is identified by a simple-to-understand abbreviation. We'll look at all four strands and discuss the many ways technology and literacy work together in the 21st-century classroom. I'll also give you lots of great Web resources—for you, your students, and your students' families. Integrating technology into the classroom and curriculum can be a great way to reinforce literacy skills and improve learning!
Friday - Lesson 10
Today we'll discuss how integrated literacy, curricula, classroom lessons, and homework fit together to create a CCSS-aligned learning experience. I'll give you strategies for integrating literacy across the curriculum, and we'll look at some ways to bring homework back into the classroom! I'll also give you a tool for examining your school's curriculum to ensure that it's aligned with CCSS. By the end of this lesson, you'll have the tools and knowledge you need to create a 21st-century classroom.
Wednesday - Lesson 11
Today we'll be discussing assessments. I know this is a significant concern for many teachers—the changes to assessments aligned with CCSS, as well as the administration of the new assessment. So we'll discuss summative assessments and the two new assessment consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balanced. And we'll also discuss formative assessment strategies that you can implement throughout your lessons and units. You'll be relieved to discover that you can still exercise a lot of control over the assessments you use in the classroom!
Friday - Lesson 12
In our final lesson, we'll discuss how we can make CCSS come alive in the classroom. We'll talk about some strategies that will help you determine which lesson plans are already working well and align with the CCSS goals, and which you might consider replacing with new and improved lessons. And we'll also talk about ways you can differentiate your classroom instruction to meet CCSS goals and also meet the needs of your individual students. And finally, we'll look at some helpful resources for involving parents, family members, and the community in your 21st-century classroom!
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