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Understanding the 2nd 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 second 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 second 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 was thrilled with the content of this course. I now look forward to writing with my second graders. I have some new ways to get them motivated to write. I can't wait." - Melissa Pankiewicz


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $127 (regularly $149)

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $323


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.

A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers” by Lucy Calkins

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: 39T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41541

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core Standards
  • Introduction to Common Core Standards for Writing
  • Writing and the Language Standards
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Using Picture Books to Inspire Writing
  • The Art of Elaboration
  • Writing to Convey Experience
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Nonfiction Children’s Books
  • Basic Note Taking
  • Writing to Inform or Explain
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Writing a Research Paper
  • How to Do Research on the Internet
  • Writing to Argue a Position-Share an Opinion
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • The Writing Process
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • 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 three detailed and clearly written writing lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)