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Understanding the Fifth 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 fifth 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 fifth 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.

"The content and the resources in this course were phenomenally helpful. There are a tremendous number of resources I will use in my classroom in terms of organizers, checklists, etc. The lesson plans and ideas were incredibly valuable, as well." - Deborah Novick


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.

The Struggling Writer” by Janet Angelillo

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: 41T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41546

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

  • Writing Organizational Structures
  • Internet Research Skills
  • Note Taking
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Writing Effective Conclusions
  • Nonfiction Texts
  • Writing a Research Report
  • Writing to Argue a Position-Share an Opinion
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Internet Safety
  • Using Technology to Produce Writing
  • Writing to Inform or Explain
  • Using Technology to Publish Writing
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • The Art of Elaboration
  • Developing a Character
  • Writing to Convey Experience
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • The Writing Process
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • Working with Struggling Writers
  • Writing Assessment
  • Assignment #4: Develop three detailed and clearly written writing lesson plans
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)