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1.2.2 The Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy

Time to Read

Three Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy have been identified by Student Achievement Partners' and are summarized below. Read the three shifts and notice how they address reading, writing, and speaking skills. You can also download and print a copy of the Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy handout for a reference as you examine the four CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy strands throughout the rest of the unit.

Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy

Shift 1:
Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

Students read a balance of informational and literary texts, moving from a 50/50 balance in K–5 to increasing emphasis on literary nonfiction (across content areas) in grades 6–12.

Shift 2:
Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text - both literary and informational

Writing from sources rather than relying solely on prior knowledge and experience. For example, using evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information.

Shift 3:
Regular practice with complex text and academic language

Building upon a "staircase of text complexity" to prepare students for the demands of college- and career-level reading; focus on academic vocabulary across content areas.


Source: Student Achievement Partners

Time to Reflect

After reviewing the Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy, consider how this will impact your classroom instruction and work with students in the journal that follows.



Sample responses

Time to Extend

Please refer to the California CCSS Introduction: Overview of the Common Core State Standards for California Educators Professional Learning Module for more information on the CA CCSS.