Common Core Video Series: Common Core in ELA/ Literacy, Shift 4 Text-based Answers


This is an 11 minute video which features a discussion between NYS Commissioner of Education John B. King Jr., David Coleman (contributing author to the Common Core) and Kate Gerson (a Sr. Fellow with the Regents Research Fund) addressing Shift 4 –Text Based Answers. By unpacking Shift 4, the discussion addresses what it takes to create opportunities for students to have deep, evidence-based conversations about text. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: What is shift 4? What will this mean we have to change about our practice? What challenges will we face as we make this shift? What are the implications for teacher planning and for teacher planning time in schools? A worksheet to accompany this video is available in both Word and PDF below.

Participants might also work together to review the exemplars of guiding questions and then design an interesting sequence of text dependent questions around a particular text. What questions will take the students deeper into this text and cause them to pay careful attention to it?

This is just one way of conducting professional development around this video. We encourage you to use this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. Please contribute to the discussion by telling us how YOU have used these videos! Which discussion questions did you find sparked the most collaboration amongst educators? What professional learning experiences did you design around the viewing? We want to hear from you so that educators across the state can benefit from your experience!