English/Language Arts Instructional ShiftsNew York State Common Core Curriculum
Balancing Informational & Literary Text
Students read a true balance of informational and literary texts
Knowledge in the Disciplines
Students build knowledge about the world (domains/content areas) through TEXT rather than the teacher or activities
Staircase of Complexity
Students read the central grade appropriate text around which instruction is centered. Teachers are patient, create more time and space and support in the curriculum for close reading.
Students engage in rich and rigorous evidence based conversations about text.
Writing from Sources
Writing emphasizes use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument.
Students constantly build the transferable vocabulary they need to access grade level complex texts. This can be done effectively by spiraling like content in increasingly complex texts.