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Implementing the First Grade Common Core Literature Standards/Flex Course


Are you struggling with how to effectively implement the first grade Common Core Standards? This online course is designed for teachers who want to understand and implement the Common Core Reading Standards for Literature at the first grade level. By the end of this course, teachers will fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and have an in-depth knowledge of the specific Literature Standards at the first grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom activity ideas and handouts as well as a wealth of recommended literature lists. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The information that I have received on the common core standards is invaluable! I will be able to use the resources in my classroom immediately. The information is very clear and well presented." - Jennifer Gorham


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $149

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $379


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

First Grade Readers” by Stephanie Parsons

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 53T01

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41438

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core Standards
  • Introduction to Common Core Reading Standards for Literature
  • Recommended Children's Books
  • Books Used in the Course
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Using Text and Illustrations to Understand Story Elements
  • Understanding Character
  • Understanding Setting
  • Understanding Major Events (Plot)
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Questioning Techniques
  • Retelling Stories
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Sensory Language
  • Compare and Contrast Characters
  • Introduction to Nonfiction Literature
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Using Children's Literature to Reinforce Other Common Core Standards
  • Books Just for First Grade
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Going Beyond: Using Literature to Reinforce Common Core Math Standards
  • Parent Support
  • Assignment #4: Develop a book list
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)