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Understanding the Kindergarten 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 kindergarten 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 kindergarten 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 thought this course was very helpful! I loved the resources that were provided. The sentence frames were wonderful and I have already started using them in my classroom. This course truly cleared things up for me. I felt that I was unsure of the Common Core expectations but this course made me see that I am on the right track!" - Jenna O'Leary


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 Reaching Struggling Writers” by M. Colleen Cruz

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: 59T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41530

Unit One

  • Introduction to Common Core Standards
  • Introduction to Common Core Standards for Writing
  • Working with Emergent and 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
  • Research to Answer a Question
  • Writing to Argue a Position-Share an Opinion
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • 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 a complete writing lesson for each of the three domains; explanatory, opinion, and narrative
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)