The Common Core Standards have changed instruction and student expectations dramatically. All aspects of the curriculum have become affected, including reading and writing. The enormous shift in reading towards non-fiction and informational texts has brought about a need to re-examine the strategies we are using in order design effective lessons to meet these standards. In this course, designed for grades K-8, participants will identify and explore the Common Core standards for Reading and Writing, while learning how to incorporate them into engaging, motivating lessons based on non-fiction and informational texts. Participants will also be provided with a variety of online resources and documents as well as the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues  in order to enhance instructional practices.

Teachers enrolled in this course will...


Know

  1. the Common Core ELA Reading/Writing Standards for the grade they teach (k-8).
  2. the importance of having a firm grasp on all elements of nonfiction and informational text. They are stressed as the main ELA components of the Common Core.
  3. the expectations for our children and how we can make them more successful and less frustrated.
  4. the highly evolved vocabulary and terms that are emphasized at each grade level

Understand

  1. how to clearly identify and compare nonfiction and informational texts as they pertain to CC standards.
  2. what each standard means and how it impacts instruction.
  3. how to identify types of nonfiction and informational text through the use of patterns of text structure, visuals, author purpose, and other specific characteristics that can lead to reading and writing with more understanding and enjoyment.
  4. how to apply ELA CC standards into the classroom each day.
  5. why it is crucial to meet these standards.

and Be Able To

  1. modify existing lessons as well as create new and exciting lessons for children that meet the ELA CC standards. You don't have to reinvent the wheel.
  2. motivate and select appropriate texts for children to enjoy while teaching them how to effectively read, analyze, and respond to nonfiction and informational texts.
  3. break down nonfiction and informational texts into categories. This will enable participants of this class to utilize an organizational system to allow for clearer, more concise instruction.
  4. take away from the class a variety of downloadable/printable documents as well as online resources for lesson design and reference.
  5. collaborate with colleagues and share ideas.
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