Shifts in Common Core
2. Knowledge in the Disciplines
3. Staircase of Complexity
4. Text-Based Answers
5. Writing from Sources
Writing needs to emphasize use of evidence to inform or make an argument rather than the personal narrative and other forms of prompts. While the narrative still has an important role, students develop skills through written arguments that respond to the ideas, events, facts, and arguments presented in the texts they read.
6. Academic Vocabulary
Students constantly build the vocabulary they need to access grade level complex texts. By focusing strategically on comprehension of pivotal and commonly found words (such as “cite,” “generation,” and “theory,”), teachers constantly build students’ ability to access more complex texts across the content areas.