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A Process for Developing Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
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What is it? which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
What is it like?
A path or course to run in small steps.
What is the Purpose?To focus and connectthe work of classroom teachers in school to the standards, assessments and classroompractices in order to raise studentachievement.
What isn’t it?
Curriculum is NOTthe textbook or program you purchased from a publisher.
Curriculum can no longer be what you’ve been doing for the past 15 years unless it is demonstrated to be in line with the standards and assessments!
What Works In Schools
“the single most important initiative a school or district can engage in toraise student achievement..”
-- Multiple Options for Acceleration
-- Vertical AND Grade Level Teams
-- Large Blocks of Time
-- Literacy & Math Blocks
--Focus = Assessment for Learning
-- Continuous Formative Assessment
-- Benchmark Assessments That Direct Instruction
-- Continuous Use of Rubrics
-- K- 12 Reading Comprehension
-- K- 12 Writing in Content
-- Advance Organizers, Scaffolding, Preview
-- Differentiated Cognitive Strategies
-- Schools With Instructional Coaches
-- Priority, Time Allocated
-- Data & Results Driven
-- Team-Based & Individual Planning
-- Linked to Staff Development
-- Prioritized Curriculum
-- K-12 Benchmarks/Maps
-- Curriculum Maps With Vocabulary Focus
Essential = 50% of the Content Requires 70% of the Instructional Time
Important = 30% of the Content
Requires 25% of the Instructional Time
Compact = 20% of the Content
Requires 5% of the Instructional Time
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Key Learning (Enduring Understanding):
Unit Essential Question(s):
Curriculum Map Components which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
KEY LEARNING: A full statement of what is essential for students to know and do, representing significant concepts key to understanding the content.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION(S): Written as a thought provoking and engaging question about the content that provides a view of the ‘Big Picture’ and acts as the ‘Mental Velcro’ for students to make connections.
Concepts: Nouns in the ‘Performance Objectives’ of each state’s standards.
Concepts: ‘Big Ideas’ that connect the skills or knowledge to the overarching topic.
Concepts: The ‘heart’ of the unit’s content.
Lesson Essential Questions: Concept specific but link to and support unit EQ(s).
Lesson Essential Questions: Frame the study of the topic and guide the learning. HOTS
Lesson Essential Questions: Used to activate & summarize key ideas.
Vocabulary: Words related to “Big Idea” concepts and skills being taught.
Vocabulary: Multiple meaning words & words that are easily misunderstood.
Vocabulary: Words that are critical and essential to understanding the content being taught.
Topic: First Grade Writing which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
Instructional Tools:Story Maps Writing Process Writer’s Workshop Animated Literacy Word Splash Organized Word Walls D-Nelian Handwriting
Key Learning:Spoken words, illustrations & print convey meaning.
Unit Essential Question:How can I be a good writer?
Letters & Words
LEQ(s): (1) How do I form letters correctly? (2) How do I make words that say what I mean?
LEQ(s): (1) Where do I start writing? (2) Where do I go when I reach the end of the line?
Vocabulary: middle left around right bottom top down
Vocabulary: return sweep left top
Vocabulary: question period space capital letter sentence lower/upper case letters exclamation mark question mark
Curriculum Map which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
Instructional Tools Egg Osmosis Kit DNA magnetic board Cookie Cell Model Rubric
Topic: Cells & Their Environment (Cell-e-brating life on a microscopic level.)
Key Learning: All living organisms are made up of cells with specialized parts and functions. Each type of cell has a characteristic structure.
Unit Essential Question: If you were a cell, would you have more or less mitochrondria to party?
Cell Anatomy Physiology
The Cell & It’s DNA
The Cell’s Environment
LEQ(s): (1) Why would you call a nucleus “the central center” of a cell? (2) How is your DNA similar to the DNA of bacteria?
LEQ(s): (1) How is a fence and a cell membrane similar? (2) What happens when a cell changes environment?
LEQ(s): (1) How are a cell’s parts related to function? (2) What causes varieties in cells?
Key Vocabulary: ribosomes chromatin centrioles Golgi Bodies endoplasmic reticulum lysosome
Key Vocabulary: DNA RNA nucleotides nitrogen bases complementary bases Double helix
Key Vocabulary: osmosis solutions diffusion hypotonic plasmolysis hypertonic permeable isotonic
Topic: Persuasive Writing (10th Grade American Literature) which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
Instructional Tools:Essay Rubric Persuasive Writing Graphic Organizer Literature Suggestions: Equiano, Paine, P. Henry, Jefferson, popular media & political documents
Key Learning:Persuasive writers use reason, emotion & credibility to influence our thinking & motivate readers to action.
Unit Essential Question:How do persuasive writing techniques influence & motivate a reaction from readers?
Logic & Reason
(1) What are the differences between fact and perception?
LEQ(s): (1) How do the words a writer chooses influence his audience? (2) How does popular belief persuade a majority?
How do I connect the individual parts of an essay in order to unify it?
Vocabulary: structure organization emphasis pace coherence transitions unity rhetorical question
Vocabulary: diction tone pathos attitude spin rhetorical purpose
Sample Curriculum Map which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
3rd Grade Math: Multiplication
Real Life Problems
Sequence Chart of Steps
Key Learning:Multiplication is a more
efficient way of adding.
How do we use multiplication?
1. How can arrays help you
2. How is multiplication
3. How can you use skip
counting to find a product?
1. How do you multiply
factors to get a product?
2. What patterns can help
you remember the
3. How can we find errors
1. Where is
used in real-life?
Vocabulary: which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
Key Learning(s):Exploration is motivated by political,
economic, scientific, & social factors. Individuals and their
values impact history. Patterns in one historical event can
be found in other historical events.
Unit Essential Question(s):
The Lewis and Clark Expedition: What’s the big deal?
The Corps ofDiscovery
What were the contributions of the expedition?
How can we find patternsin historical events?
How is the Lewis and ClarkExpedition like other events in history?
Why did you send them, Thomas Jefferson?
How can you support Jefferson’sdecision?
Who were they andwhy were they chosen?
Curriculum Maps: Why are they so important? which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation
Use as communication device
Enable consistent curriculum pacing and planning
Highlight important vocabulary
Enable students to"see"the knowledge gained over time and their learning
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A competition between countries for the most and most powerful weapons
Swans and peacocks
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