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Aligning Instruction: Unpacking Writing Standards

Course Description: Learning standards lead to the development of aligned learning targets for student learning. In this course you will learn a 5-step process for unpacking a learning standard to better understand what students should know and be able to do as a result of student work. Although this session will use writing standards as examples, all content areas and grades would benefit from this session.

Course Objectives:
* Identify parts of a standard for instructional planning
* Learn a 5-step process to understand critical components of a learning standard
* Apply the 5-step process to new learning standards using a template
* Reflect on how this process can increase both student learning, instructional planning, and
assessment practices.

Audience: Teachers K–12

Presenters: Chris Karle, Rebecca Shea

CTLEs Needed?: Yes CTLE Hours: 1

  • Module 1: Unpacking Standards Using a 5-Step Process (60 mins)
  • Watch: Why Unpack & 5 Step Process Overview (6 mins)
  • Watch: Unpacking Example & Using the 5 Step Process (13mins)
  • Aligning Standards Planning Template: Practice Unpacking (template to download)
  • Watch: Introduction to 4th Grade Writing Narrative Example (5mins)
  • Watch: An In-Depth Unpacking of a 4th Grade Writing (33 mins)
  • DO: Reflect & Share Discussion
  • Course Completion
  • Thank You!
  • Course Evaluation and Feedback
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever