This course reviews the basics of teaching English language skills under the Common Core State Standards. ELA teachers in Common Core states will find this session useful, but it is relevant to any ELA teachers who want their students to build language skills across grades, connect language with writing and speaking, acquire and use vocabulary through reading, and use language standards in their writing standards.
The course begins with a lesson that analyzes the major shifts in language instruction with the Common Core. After introducing each shift, the course continues with a lesson that shows how to integrate these changes with other English Language Arts strands. Next, the course covers how PARCC tests assess language standards. Then the course offers resources and models on how to teach the new Common Core practices. Finally, the course moves into a hands-on workshop format. Teachers use our instruction, guidance, and downloadable resources to begin a new lesson plan that is centered on teaching the Common Core Language Standards. Teachers continue to work with this lesson plan throughout the workshop, building skills across grades, connecting language standards with writing and speaking, incorporating vocabulary acquired through reading, and assessments that require students to apply language standards to their writing assignments. See the Table of Contents tab for more detailed information.
At the end of the course, participants will have access to useful downloadable resources to which they can refer as often as needed, even after the course is complete. Teachers will gain a new outlook on teaching literature in the Common Core classroom. Participants will also leave the course with a new lesson plan made as part of our hands-on workshop. Upon upload of that finished lesson plan, we will issue a certificate that can be submitted to administrators as proof of completed professional development hours.