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UNIT PLANNING 101

 

Planning for Integration:

What important concepts do I want students to learn?

Why should students learn these concepts?  Do they foster critical and creative thinking?

What learning experiences will help to develop these conceptual understandings?

What skills and strategies am I helping to develop?

Am I creating a climate that encourages inquiry and choice?

Do I have alternative evaluation procedures in place?

 

Critical Attributes of a Unit

Format of Unit Design  -  this form can be used or adapted to create your unit.

Classroom Strategies - foundations for implementing your unit.

 

Steps to successful unit design:

1.  Select the theme.

2.  Brainstorm/concept map interdisciplinary possibilities.

3.  What are the Big Questions students will seek to answer within this theme?

4.  Write 3 to 7 Unit Outcomes and their Demonstrations/Assessments.  The outcomes should be a demonstration of a synthesis of the learning that took place during the unit.  They are NOT a test for memorization of discrete facts and skills.  See Sample Unit Outcome Statements.

5.  List the Enabling Outcomes for each culminating Unit Outcome.

6.  Simultaneously develop the assessments for each outcome.

7.  Unit Planning Rubric

 

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