Kindergarten Language Arts A

Course Description:

Kindergarten Writing


This course is designed in a way to support the diverse population of kindergarten writers. Kindergarteners learn that writing carries meaning and the words they write convey thoughts, ideas and feelings. This course teaches children to become independent with the writing process (generating ideas, drafting, revising and editing) as well as the application of this process to their daily writing. This course takes this knowledge of the writing process and demonstrates how it can support writing across the three text types: narrative, informational and opinion writing.


The Michigan Academic Standards (Common Core State Standards) emphasize that children should spend large amounts of time writing across the three text types: narrative, informational and opinion. In addition, as children progress through the grade levels they should be able to demonstrate an increase in sophistication with using language, vocabulary and syntax to develop and organize their ideas within the three text types. Children advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Scope and Sequence

Careful thought has been given to the order in which the kindergarten units are presented. The yearlong course is designed to build writing skills and strategies as well as habits of mind and experiences for future success in writing. As a result, certain scaffolds have been created based on this order and schools should take care in moving units from their intended placement in the curriculum. For example, the first unit Oral Language was designed to support childrens’ oral language and generating of ideas. If you have a class that is strong with oral language this unit may be skipped. It is also important that Unit 3 and 4 stay in the recommended order. Unit 3 is meant to support hearing and recoding sounds and Unit 4 supports the building of letters and sounds to create words.


This Kindergarten course is designed to meet the Michigan Academic Standards for Writing. The work done in this course is primarily designed to meet the Michigan Academic Standards in writing however, some of the speaking and listening standards as well as the foundational skills standards are delivered in this course. The work done throughout this kindergarten course not only aligns with the Michigan Academic Standards but is designed to prepare kindergarteners for the work ahead in first grade.


Course Details:

Course Title (District): Kindergarten Language Arts A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Language Arts (kindergarten)
Course Provider : Novi Community School District
Content Provided By : Novi Community School District
Online Instructor Provided By : Novi Community School District
Standards Addressed :
Academic Terms : Semester
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : Language Arts (kindergarten)
Course Level : Elem/Middle School (Prior to Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

How To Enroll:

Email : [email protected]
Phone : 248-675-3159

Students and Parents: It is important to work closely with your local school counselor or registrar to follow the school's enrollment procedures. By clicking the "Start Registration Request" button below, you will be able to notify the school of your interest in registering for the online course. However, it is the responsibility of the district or school to review the registration request and approve or deny the request. Please make a note to follow up with your school after submitting a registration request.

Additional Course Information:


*Unit 1R

  1. How do readers build habits useful for a lifetime of reading?
  2. How do readers use pictures and words to read their books?
  3. How do readers share their reading and thinking with others?

*Unit 2R

  1. How do readers figure out how to read a story?
  2. How do readers study books and grow ideas?
  3. How do readers read emergent story books in different ways?

*Unit 3R

  1. How do readers use pictures and patterned text to read?
  2. How do readers problem solve unknown parts of books?
  3. How do readers read pattern books with fluency?
  4. How do readers think and talk about pattern books to say what the text is mostly about?


*Unit 1W

  1. How do writers use mentor text to generate story ideas?
  2. How do writers work effectively within a community of writers?
  3. How do writers think about and choose meaningful experiences?
  4. How do writers rehearse their stories to make them more meaningful for an audience?

*Unit 2W

  1. How do writers use mentor text to study characteristics of Small Moment/Personal Narrative stories and generate story ideas?
  2. How do writers learn a process for writing?
  3. How do writers use words to tell a story?
  4. How do writers read over their writing to add more?

*Unit 3W

  1. How do writers study mentor text to identify characteristics of effective label and list pieces to frame their writing?
  2. How do writers live and work like scientists?
  3. How do writers make books just like the ones they read?
  4. How do writers write more through the elaboration of the pictures and words?

*Unit 4W

  1. How do writers use mentor text to write pattern books ?
  2. How do writers use pattern books to communicate meaning?
  3. How do writers write elaborate pattern books?
  4. How do writers finish and publish their pattern books?

NSQ National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Rating Comments
A1. A course overview and syllabus are included in the online course Fully Met
A2. Minimum computer skills and digital literacy skills expected of the learner are clearly stated.* Fully Met
A3. The instructor’s biographical information and information on how to communicate with the instructor are provided to learners and other stakeholders. Fully Met
A4. Learner expectations and policies are clearly stated and readily accessible within the introductory material of the course. Fully Met
A5. Minimum technology requirements for the course are clearly stated, and information on how to obtain the technologies is provided.* Fully Met
A6. Grading policies and practices are clearly defined in accordance with course content learning expectations. Fully Met
A7. The online course provides a clear description or link to the technical support offered and how to obtain it.* Fully Met
A8. Learners are offered an orientation prior to the start of the online course. Fully Met
Rating Comments
B1. The online course objectives or competencies are measurable and clearly state what the learner will be able to demonstrate as a result of successfully completing the course.* Fully Met
B2. The online course expectations are consistent with course-level objectives or competencies, are representative of the structure of the course, and are clearly stated. Fully Met
B3. The online course content is aligned with accepted state and/or other accepted content standards, where applicable.* Fully Met
B4. Digital literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum.* Fully Met
B5. Supplemental learning resources and related instructional materials are available to support and enrich learning and are aligned to the specific content being delivered.* Fully Met
B6. The online course content and supporting materials reflect a culturally diverse perspective that is free of bias.* Fully Met
B7. The online course materials (e.g., textbooks, primary source documents, OER) that support course content standards are accurate and current. Fully Met
B8. The online course is free of adult content and avoids unnecessary advertisements.* Fully Met
B9. Copyright and licensing status for any third-party content is appropriately cited and easily found. Fully Met
B10. Documentation and other support materials are available to support effective online course facilitation.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
C1. The online course design includes activities that guide learners toward promoting ownership of their learning and self-monitoring. Fully Met
C2. The online course’s content and learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies. Fully Met
C3. The online course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Fully Met
C4. The online course content is appropriate to the reading level of the intended learners.* Fully Met
C5. The online course design includes introductory assignments or activities to engage learners within the first week of the course. Fully Met
C6. The online course provides learners with multiple learning paths as appropriate, based on learner needs, that engage learners in a variety of ways. Fully Met
C7. The online course provides regular opportunities for learner-learner interaction. Fully Met
C8. The online course design provides opportunities for learner-instructor interaction, including opportunities for regular feedback about learner progress.* Fully Met
C9. Online course instructional materials and resources present content in an effective, engaging, and appropriate manner.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
D1. Learner assessments are linked to stated course, unit, or lesson-level objectives or competencies. Fully Met
D2. Valid course assessments measure learner progress toward mastery of content. Fully Met
D3. Assessment practices provide routine and varied opportunities for self-monitoring and reflection of learning.* Fully Met
D4. Assessment materials provide the learner with the flexibility to demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways.* Fully Met
D5. Rubrics that clearly define expectations for varied levels of proficiency are created and shared with learners.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
E1. Online course navigation is logical, consistent, and efficient from the learner’s point of view.* Fully Met
E2. The online course design facilitates readability.* Fully Met
E3. The online course provides accessible course materials and activities to meet the needs of diverse learners.* Fully Met
E4. Course multimedia facilitate ease of use.* Fully Met
E5. Vendor accessibility statements are provided for all technologies required in the course.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
F1. Educational tools ensure learner privacy and maintain confidentiality of learner information in accordance with local, state, and national laws for learner data. Fully Met
F2. The online course tools support the learning objectives or competencies.* Fully Met
F3. The online course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate learners’ needs and preferences.* Fully Met
F4. The course allows instructors to control the release of content.* Fully Met
F5. The course provides the necessary technical functionality to score and record assessments and calculate earned course points or grades.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
G1. The online course uses multiple methods and sources of input for assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
G2. The online course is reviewed to ensure that the course is current. Fully Met
G3. The online course is updated on a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness based on the findings from ongoing reviews. Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Novi Community School District
Date of Review: 05/26/2022


*Unit 1R: Launching the Reading Workshop

*Unit 2R: Readers Read Emergent Storybooks

*Unit 3R: Readers Read Pattern Books


*Unit 1W: Oral Language Building a Taling Community

*Unit 2W: Launching the Writing Workshop

*Unit 3W: Label and List in a Content Area

*Unit 4W: Pattern Books

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 09/05/2023 09/30/2023 09/05/2023 01/26/2024 30 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Per District Policy Per District Policy Semester 09/05/2023 09/30/2023
Instructor will provide daily, live instruction and also a mix of independent and on demand learning options, in a structured, virtual classroom setting.

Students will need the following:

  • A device with camera and microphone enabled
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Access to Google Chrome
  • Access to web based learning management platform