Professional Development Center

EDIS 972 Common Core Writing in K-8 Classrooms - CANCELLED

Course Number: EDIS 972
Course Title: Common Core Writing in K-8 Classrooms
Dates:July 9-10, 2014 and an October follow-up date TBD.
Times: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, 301C Bailey Hall
Faculty: Susan Walters, Educational Consultant
Credit: 1.5 CEUs
Tuition/Fees: $295.00
Registration Form: This workshop has been cancelled

The Common Core Writing Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level for three types of writing: Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion/Argument.  The standards place special emphasis on the importance of writing logical arguments.   This course is designed to help teachers deepen their understanding of the standards and develop teaching strategies for the writing types.  Beginning with argument/opinion, we will deconstruct (‘unpack’) the grade level standards, review rubrics from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium,  and examine student writing samples at different grade levels from a variety of sources.  We will model lessons and activities for different grade levels that can be integrated into the writing process.   Please bring your own ideas for writing lessons, as well as samples of writing at different levels of performance from your students.


  • Understand Common Core expectations for three types of writing at grade level and across K-8 continuum
  • Understand the continuum of writing development across K-8. 
  • Integrate instructional strategies for three types of writing into the writing process