Common Core Video Series: Common Core in ELA/ Literacy, Shift 5 Writing from Sources


This is a 12 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 5 –Writing from Sources. By unpacking Shift 5, the discussion addresses the challenges and benefits of putting a renewed emphasis on writing from sources rather than keeping the current focus on personal narrative. After watching this video, educators might ask themselves: What is shift 5? What will this mean we have to change about our practice? What challenges will we face as we make this shift? A worksheet to accompany this video is available in both Word and PDF below.

Participants might also work together to create a learning experience which combines carefully scaffolded instruction on the structures of standard English {if helpful, see Lisa Delpit’s article, “Silenced Dialogue”} with a task which requires students to synthesize ideas across multiple texts. What prompts, materials, and supports need to be provided so that students become curious and precise investigative reporters who uncover facts, draw conclusions, make arguments, and analyze the work of others?

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!