Course Code: 4cl
Examine the difference between literacy and literature, learn how literacy is connected to adolescent development, and discover how to accommodate a diverse group of learners in a classroom. Then explore the history and goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Understand the three aspects of text complexity as described in the CCSS. You will see how to use text complexity analysis in your specific content area. Then, examine the reading anchor standards and see how they're articulated for different grade levels.
Explore the writing standards and see how the CCSS articulates them for different grade levels. You will learn some practical writing strategies that are ideally suited for the content area classroom. Then, explore CCSS for speaking and listening. You will take a close look at some speaking and listening activities that are ideally suited for the content area classroom.
Discover how argumentation is related to literacy and learn ways to reinforce and encourage the value of debate in your content area classroom. Then, examine the CCSS goals for language development, and you'll learn how to help students achieve these goals in your own classroom.
Discover how content learning, classroom technology, and literacy development complement each other and can occur simultaneously. Then, learn how to repurpose existing lesson activities as learning center activities, and discover how this helps integrate literacy development and content learning.
Learn how content literacy affects formative assessments and summative assessments. Finally, make a plan to use the best of what's new, keep the best of what you've already got, and enjoy being a great 21st century teacher. You will examine tools you can use to integrate the CCSS with your existing lesson plans and your school's curriculum.
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.