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Common Core: Successful Transition for your 6-12 ELA Clsrm

EDUC 792 or 600

Whether you are a Common Core State Standards expert or beginner, you will find this course to be extremely helpful in your transition to meet the Common Core standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) for grades 6-12.  You will explore the four main foci of CCSS in ELA: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language, and will work to merge your current practice to meet these guidelines.  Anchor Standard Reflective Questions will inform your work, as will strong templates to ensure that you meet each detail within these standards, including all three aspects of Backwards Design, and technology or media opportunities.  Utilizing the text’s examples and framework, you’ll create your own CCSS lesson or unit plans tailored to your content and students, so that you can see the CCSS in action.  Your take-away from this course with be at least four sets of plans that will help you and your classroom to exceed the expectations of CCSS.


As a result of participation in this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand CCSS guidelines in English-Language Arts curricula.
  2. Assess and integrate the benefits of CCSS in the four main areas of ELA: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.
  3. Utilize Anchor Standards Reflective Questions in the development and planning of lessons and units.
  4. Modify current lessons or units based on the criteria set by CCSS- ELA.
  5. Understand the important role that the elements of Backwards Design play in CCSS design.
  6. Evaluate and assess their own comfort level with CCSS, in addition to practices that must be strengthened within the classroom in order for students to meet goals of rigor and compliance.


Text(s):  Giouroukakis, Vicky & Connolly, Maureen. 2012. Getting to the CORE of English Language Arts, Grades 6-12 . Corwin Press.

Article(s):  (referenced in the study guide and posted on our website) Goodwin, Bryan & Miller, Kirsten (Jan/Dec 2012).  Educational Leadership: “Nonfiction Reading Promotes Student Success,” pages 80-82.