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Assessing Common Core Standards: Smarter Balanced Roadmaps for English Language Arts and Literacy Roadmaps for Mathematics What is Common Core? RaisingTheBar

"The goal of the Common Core Literacy standards is to create students who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, & Language."

Six Shifts for English Language Arts

  1. Balancing Informational and Literary Texts ‚Äč

    Students read a true balance of informational and literary texts

  2. Knowledge in the Disciplines 

    Students build knowledge about the world (domains/ content areas) through TEXT rather than the teacher or activities 

  3. 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. 

  4. Text-based Answers 

    Students engage in rich and rigorous evidence based conversations about text. 

  5. Writing from Sources

    Writing emphasizes use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument. 

  6. Academic Vocabulary 

    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. 


Roadmaps courtesy of The Council of Great City Schools.

Roadmaps for English Language Arts and Literacy

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