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CCSS: Literacy, Grades 3-8

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $499

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

States across the union are in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which (in the language of their developers) “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”  Through workshop footage, classroom footage, and interviews, this course, focused on the CCSS for English Language Arts, will prepare educators to satisfy the standards’ main goals by selecting appropriate texts for their students, developing lesson plans focused on close reading and text-based discussion, mastering the art of checking for understanding through a variety of tasks, and linking assessments with instruction. Educators will learn how to render their students increasingly and effectively responsible for their learning and how to differentiate instruction even as they align their instruction and assessment to the standards.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • The expectations of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts;
  • How to align instruction and assessment to the Standards.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Identify the major goals of the CCSS in English Language Arts;
  • Gradually release responsibility to students to foster their learning;
  • Develop lesson plans based on close reading and text-based discussions;
  • Check for understanding using oral language, questions, writing, and projects and performances;
  • Link formative and summative assessments with instruction.

Required Reading:

Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work™, Grades 3 – 5, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, Solution Tree Press, 2013. (Note teachers of grades 6 – 8 will be provided with material appropriate to their grade level.)

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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