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1.5 The Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy

Time to Read

Three Common Core Shifts for ELA/Literacy have been identified on the Student Achievement Partners’ “Achieve the Core” Web site and are summarized below. These shifts address the most important concepts from the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy. 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 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 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 these shifts will impact your classroom instruction in the following journal question.