What a fantastic course and instructor! I am taking some time off to spend with my children, and I really felt "out of the loop" with the CCSS. Katie brought a wealth and knowledge to this topic - as well as made it enjoyable :) I was so impressed with her that I ordered her graphic organizer book from Amazon - love it! Thanks so much for a terrific learning experience!"
As a retired teacher who is a Title 1 tutor, I feel this course has helped me understand the CCSS ELA. My district has not provided any training for tutors in CC. In addition, I feel I have more info about CCSS ELA K-5 than many teachers who are in the classroom! Thank you! I took this affordable course to complete my PD."
I really enjoyed this course, and I learned a great deal. I loved how the instructor provided personal introductory videos and interactive games throughout the lessons. It was clear she is passionate about the CCSS, and she did a great job making sense of it and dispelling many myths and rumors."
Katie McKnight was an excellent instructor. She prepared and presented us with a vast amount of knowledge in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. The resources she presented that allowed us to visit many websites were superb. I enjoyed everything that I was introduced to. The Common Core Standards for English Language is destined to prepare even the youngest students for eventual college and career. I looked forward to hearing Ms. Katie McKnight's voice in each video. Her voice always gave us assurance."
Course Code: 4la
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.