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Making Sense of the Common Core: ELA & Literacy

ENGL 600




Instructor: Anne Goiran-Bevelhimer, Ed.D., College Courses Online

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $510

Course Description:

Making Sense of the Common Core: ELA & Literacy is an activity based course focusing on practical understanding and application of the goals of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects and your classroom practices. Gain an overview of the purpose and intent of the standards through guided reading of the Common Core State Standards primary documents. Study the Appendices for text exemplars. Familiarize yourself with the Publisher's Criteria for developing curriculum. Review released assessment items from PARCC and Smarter Balanced. Read outside the Common Core documents to gain perspectives and insights. Choose and create activities to determine how the goals of CCSS/ELA can be meet in your classroom with your students. Convert theory into practical application. Invite discussion with colleagues, watch informational videos and tap into resources that will support the implementation of the CCSS/ELA in your curricular practices.


Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects (CCSS/ELA)
  2. Recognize the use of the College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards as the backbone of each grade level standard for CCSS/ELA.
  3. Evaluate the efficacy of the design and framework for the CCSS/ELA standards for the Reading (Literature, Informational Texts, and Foundational Skills), Writing, K-12 and Language, and Speaking and Listening, K-5.
  4. Use resources such as the Revised Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, Grades 3-12 for evaluating curriculum and developing curricular and instructional practices to ensure alignment with the standards.
  5. Examine released items from potential assessment systems, such as PARCC and Smarter Balanced, designed to measure student progress in meeting the rigors of the Common Core State Standards.
  6. Investigate application of the standards to classroom practice through activities, such as team or collegial discussions, watching instructional videos, outside reading, and aligning curriculum and instruction to meet CCSS/ELA goals.
  7. Produce a grade-level or content area lesson plan/ curriculum unit aligned to a standard and skill area in CCSS/ELA.
  8. Evaluate the process of reading, writing, and activity to making sense of the CCSS/ELA to meet the rigor of grade level expectations and application to curricular and instructional practices.
  9. Synthesize the expectations of the CCSS/ELA and your curricular and instructional practices in a written essay.


Making Sense of the Common Core: ELA & Literacy by Anne Goiran-Bevelhimer, Ed.D. {Study guide will be sent to you.}

Required Text:
Callkins, L., Ehrenworth, M., Lehman, C. (2012) Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement. Portsmouth, NH:Heinemann.

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