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Common Core Standards for English Language Arts K-5

Discover the Common Core State standards for English language arts, and gain confidence in applying them to the K-5 classroom.  In this course you will explore the basic elements of the standards---strands, anchor standards, and grade articulations---and you will see how they relate to each other.  You will be empowered to speak knowledgeably with parents, peers, and the community.

You will explore the four English language strands---reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and language.  You will examine how teaching literature gives students the opportunity to explore language, and consider the impact of a school-wide literacy plan.  You will look at the roles of technology, homework, curricula, and assessments in the classroom.  You will be inspired by loads of easy-to-use, practical examples of Common Core State Standards-aligned lessons that you can use with your own students.

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Starting April 17 | May 15

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts K-5


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Course Code: 4la

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the basic elements of the standards
  • Learn terminology used in Common Core State Standards
  • Explore the 10 anchor standers and how they are articulated for each grade level
  • Become familiar with Appendix A, B, and C
  • Learn ways to incorporate the standards into your lesson plans
  • Learn strategies and tools for reading, writing, listening, and language strands into your classroom
  • Discover Web resources for you, your students and your students’ families
  • Learn ways to ensure that your school’s curriculum is aligned with CCSS
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • You will be empowered to steak knowledgeably with parents, peers, and the community about the common Core State Standards
  • Become confident in your ability to employ the CCS standards in you classroom and in your school


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Week 1

In the first lesson, you will examine some of the most common myths about Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  You will look at the history of the standards and how they help prepare students for the 21st century. You will learn the basic elements of the standards and the terminology used. Then you will look at the CCS for reading. You will explore the 10 anchor standards and see how their broad goals are consistent throughout the grades.  You will discover how those broad goals are articulated for each grad level. You will also get a chance to explore the text exemplars for CCSS Appendix B.

Week 2

In this lesson, you will examine the CCS for foundational reading skills, and learn how these standards address the most basic literacy skills.  You will explore ways to incorporate them into lesson plans that easily adapt for inclusive classrooms.  You will also explore CCSS Appendix A.  Then you will go over some tips to help you differentiate between literature and informational text.  You will examine how text exemplars can help you determine which informational texts satisfy the CCS.  You will review some guided reading and close reading techniques that are integral to science, math, social studies, and arts classes.

Week 3

Explore two more close reading strategies, and look at how the tools and strategies of the Reading strand align with the CCSS Anchor Standards for Reading.  Then you will examine the CCS for writing.  You will explore the 10 anchor standards for writing and review how their broad goals are consistent throughout all grades.  You will examine the writing exemplars form the CCSS Appendix C. 

Week 4

This lesson will look at the CCS for Speaking and Listening.  You will learn how the speaking and listening anchor standards relate to comprehension, collaboration, and presentation of ideas.  You will examine how these broad goals are articulated for each specific grade level.  Then you will explore the Common Core Standards for Language.  You will 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.

Week 5

In this lesson, you will examine all four strands and learn the many ways technology and literacy work together.  You will discover many great Web resources for you, your students, and your students’ families.  Then you will discover how integrated literacy, curricula, classroom lessons, and homework fit together to create a CCSS aligned learning experience.  You will learn strategies for integrating literacy across the curriculum.  You will also discover a tool for examining your school’s curriculum to ensure that it is aligned with CCSS.

Week 6

In this final lesson, you will look at assessments.  You will learn about changes to assessments aligned with CCSS.  You will look at summative assessments and the two new assessment consortia, PARCC and Smarter Balance.  You will examine formative assessment strategies that you can implement throughout your lessons and units.  Then you will look at your own lesson plans and determine which lesson plans are already working well and align with the CCSS goals, and which you might consider replacing.  You will also look at some ways you can differentiate your classroom instruction and some helpful resources for involving parents, family members, and the community in your classroom.

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Instructors & Support

Dr. Katie McKnight

Dr. Katie McKnight is an author, educator, and consultant. She received her B.A. 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).




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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