Exploring content expectations in a middle school math unit
Suppose that you were teaching the Pythagorean Theorem in an 8thgrade Mathematics course. The benchmark that you would be addressing would read something like this:
Understand at least one proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and use the theorem and its converse to solve applied problems including perimeter and area problems
Using the ASSIST format, you might break down that benchmark like this:
What students need to remember to meet this benchmark 
What they need to do 
What they need to understand 
The formula for the Pythagorean theorem: a2 + b2 = c2 
Demonstrate how the sum of the areas of the squares on the legs equals the area of the square on the hypotenuse 
Explain how to solve various application problems using the Pythagorean Theorem 
How to draw a right triangle and label the sides a, b and c 
Find the length of a side of a right triangle given the length of the other two sides 
Explain at least one proof of the Pythagorean Theorem 

Given three side lengths, determine if they can form a right triangle 


Find the perimeter and area of a triangle by finding the side lengths of overlapping triangles using the Pythagorean Theorem 

Now choose one of your units and try making a similar chart for it.
