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Understanding the First Grade Common Core Writing Standards/Flex Course


Do you want to better understand and be able to successfully implement the Common Core Writing Standards at the first grade level? This online course helps teachers fully understand the scope of the Common Core Standards and gain an in-depth knowledge of the specific Writing Standards at the first grade level. Teachers also gain valuable classroom ideas including using writer’s workshop, the writing process, technology that promotes writing, and appropriate writing assessment strategies. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I found that the content and resources from the course were very helpful. I will use both as I am implementing the new common core writing curriculum into my classroom." - Julia Rechner


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.

Lauching the Writing Workshop by Denise Leograndis

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: 38T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41531

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core Standards
  • Introduction to Common Core Standards for Writing
  • Working with Early Writers
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Writing and the Language Standards
  • Using Picture Books to Inspire Writing
  • Writing to Convey Experience
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Nonfiction Children’s Books
  • Writing to Inform or Explain
  • Writing How-To Books
  • Research to Answer a Question
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Writing to Argue a Position-Share an Opinion
  • Favorite Author Study
  • The Writing Process
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Working with Struggling Writers
  • Writing Assessment
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Using Technology to Produce Writing
  • Using Technology to Publish Writing
  • Apps for Student Writing
  • Assignment #4: Develop two detailed and clearly written writing lesson activities for each of the three writing domains: explanatory, opinion, and narrative
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)