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Tool: Diagramming standards

Completing this chart will help you break down a learning standard. This analysis should help you plan better learning strategies and assessments.


Verbs--describe how to teach or assess the learning goal.

List verbs:

Direct objects--describe the concepts to be learned.

List direct objects:

Examples in the standard (such as…)

List exemplary statements:







Adapted from Burns, D., & Purcell, J. (2001). Tools for Teachers. Educational Leadership, v. 59, n. 1, 50-52.

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