Discover the Common Core State (CCSS) standards for English language arts, and gain confidence in applying them to the K-5 classroom. In this course you'll explore the basic elements of the standards—strands, anchor standards, and grade articulations—and you'll see how they relate to each other. You'll be empowered to speak knowledgeably with parents, peers, and the community. And, most importantly, you'll learn how to prepare even the youngest students for eventual college and career.
We'll explore the four English language strands—reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language—outlining the goals that students will aim for in each of those areas. We'll also examine how teaching literature gives students the opportunity to explore language, and consider the impact of a school-wide literacy plan. We'll discuss the roles of technology, homework, curricula, and assessments in the classroom. And you'll be inspired by loads of easy-to-use, practical examples of CCSS-aligned lessons that you can use with your own students.
By the end of the course, you'll be confident in your ability to employ the standards in your classroom and in your school. You'll be ready to utilize the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st-century teacher!
About The Instructor
Dr. Katie McKnight is an author, educator, and consultant. She received her B.A. degree from George Washington University, her M.Ed. from Northeastern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Today, she serves as a professor at National Louis University and an onsite professional development consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Dr. McKnight regularly publishes in professional journals and is the author of many books including The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, and The Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Grades 5-12 (recipient of the 2013 Teachers' Choice Award).