This course reviews the basics of teaching writing under the Common Core State Standards. ELA teachers in Common Core states will find this session useful, but it is relevant to any teacher who wants their students to write daily and with purpose, engage deeply with texts by referring to evidence, build reasoning and argument skills, and effectively write for real audiences.
The course begins by analyzing the major shifts in writing instruction with the Common Core. After introducing each shift, the course moves into a hands-on format that guides teachers to build lessons addressing the standards. In Lesson 2, teachers use our instruction, guidance, and downloadable resources to begin a new lesson plan that is centered on the writing process, including responding to texts and doing research. Teachers continue to work with this lesson plan throughout the remainder of the course, incorporating close reading and responding to texts with evidence, planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. 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 writing 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.