Back to Understanding the Common Core Writing Standards: Grades K-5 (Reimagined) [PDO]
In Understanding the Common Core Writing Standards: Grades K-5, educators will explore the new standards for writing, their spiraling structure, and the classroom implications of implementing the standards. Through a variety of resources in the course, teachers in will grow in understanding the new writing standards and what instructional changes they will need to make to integrate the standards while scaffolding students for success.
By the end of the course, users will be able to apply their understanding of the three main writing text types—opinion, informative/explanatory, and narrative—to different purposes and subject areas, and understand the role of formative assessment in writing, the writing process, the role of mentor texts, how to use a writers’ workshop approach across content areas, and the reading-writing connection as the basis for research and learning.
- Analyze how the Common Core writing standards have been designed to prepare students for the demands of college and career writing.
- Compare your current (or prior) writing standards with the Common Core standards and draw conclusions about similarities and differences in writing instruction stemming from each set.
- Draw conclusions about the implications of using formative assessment to inform instruction about writing.
- Apply one or more types of formative assessment for writing in the classroom.
- List and define the text types and purposes of writing required for your grade level under the Common Core writing standards.
- Identify one mentor text per text type and purpose for your grade level to begin a data- base of mentor texts for your writing instruction.
- Identify expectations for your students when deciding which text types and purposes to use for a writing lesson.
- Develop a standards-based mini-lesson that meets your students' needs.
- Apply the elements of the writers' workshop to teach writing that meets the text type and purposes for your grade level.
- Develop an appropriate structure for teaching writing using the writers' workshop approach.
- Evaluate research strategies to determine which align to Common Core text types and purposes at your grade level.
- Develop a sample lesson based on the research standard requirements at your grade level.
(ASCD PD Online course, 2013) Self-paced asynchronous online course. Upon completion, learners will be awarded an ASCD Certificate worth up to 20 Clock Hours.