One example of a resource to wrap your head around is the explanation of the Instructional Shifts of the Common Core. This PDFprovides an overview of the rigor that has been embedded into the standards and changes expected. To ignore the CCSS focus on change, is to be an educational ostrich.
The language keeps returning to showing evidence, embedding complex text, and making students accountable for their claims. Here are two examples from page 4 of the Instructional Shifts:
- Students have rich and rigorous conversations which are dependent on a common text. Teachers insist that classroom experiences stay deeply connected to the text on the page and that students develop habits for making evidentiary arguments both in conversation, as well as in writing to assess comprehension of a text.
- Writing needs to emphasize use of evidence to inform or make an argument rather than the personal narrative and other forms of decontextualized 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.