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Tool: Curriculum mapping

Curriculum mapping is a way to make sense of the required content. The process serves three purposes: 1) to familiarize the teacher with the content standards, 2) to allow the teacher to make connections across the curriculum, and 3) to help the teacher align instruction and assessment. Performance tasks often involve more than one standard. Being fluent with the content standards allows teachers to make the most of each task and to assess learning in multiple ways.

Step 1 of 2: The scope of the content

In order to cover the required content, in addition to taking advantage of teachable moments, teachers must be extremely familiar with the standards and benchmarks for their grade level. Reading the standards does not ensure internalization. The curriculum mapping tools are designed to help teachers find the means to “own” the standards so that they will feel confident when writing instructional objectives and rubrics and so that they feel able to follow the students’ lead when appropriate.

For elementary content - For each subject, list the required standards and benchmarks for your grade

Subject

Standards and benchmarks

English/language arts - Reading:

English/language arts - Writing:

Mathematics

Science

Social studies

 

For secondary content

Subject

Standards and benchmarks

English/language arts

Literature:

Writing:

Mathematics

Algebra:

Geometry:

Science

Biology:

Chemistry:

Physics:

Social sciences

History:

Politics:

Economics:

Foreign Language



Step 2 of 2 : Organization of the content

Option 1: Make a web

Use the list of standards that you just compiled. Make a web for each subject matter area (beginning with social studies or science proves to be particularly fruitful). Write each standard for that subject at the end of a spoke. Once all of the standards have been listed, begin writing in standards from other subjects that might be integrated or that connect in some way. (Note: For kinesthetic learners, a huge piece of paper on the floor works very well for this exercise).

Option 2: Make a table

Subject matter area:

Standard:

Benchmarks:

Connection to:

English/language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social studies

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