February 26, 2015

Shifting Instruction to the Core, ELA Session II: Writing to Sources

English Language Arts teachers and their administrators gathered this morning for the second session of Shifting Instruction to the Core. Participants continued their focus  Instructional Shift 2 and Core Action 2 from their previous session, this time with an emphasis on writing to sources. The session included a reflection on teacher's classroom use of Keep It or Junk It, a review of Core Action Two and Argumentative Writing, a careful annotation of "The Writing Revolution", engagement in a lesson model for ranking evidence, and time to apply the lesson to their future lessons. Materials for the session are linked below.


  1. The discussions our team had around ranking evidence were powerful and led to improved writing results on our team. Thanks Kate!

  2. Julie - thank you for your engagement and insight!