This infographic shows you how to create a curriculum map that’s easy to follow and understand for student success. You can download this infographic below.

This is the above summarized for you to follow:

A basic curriculum map includes:

  • Standards – the standards which you teach.
  • Sequence – the sequence of standards that you will teach.
  • Content – The subject matter itself.
    • There are three common formats for content:
      • Discipline-based: subject focused.
      • Interdisciplinary: connects two subjects.
      • Student-centered: student-driven focuses
  • Skills – that you would like your students to attain.
  • Assessments – specific or board assessments created to understand student success.
  • Activities – certain actions that help drive student learning.
  • Resources – additional information that would be an asset to students.
  • Essential Questions – questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the class that indicate their understanding of the content that was presented and their mastery of skills.
  • Timelines – The expected time that it will take to teach each unit within the class.
  • Pacing Guide – Hhelp teachers stay on track and to ensure curricular continuity across schools in the district.
  • Units – Concepts and learning goals that are taught over a period of time.

Where Should You Start?

Now that we have a good understanding of the items included and the different ways of creating a curriculum map, it’s time to start writing.

For an essential map, start with a list of topics that will be taught that year. This is developed based on:

  • Teacher input – Grade-level teaching team and vertically aligned teachers.
  • District curriculum – The broad mission of the district, including criteria such as Common Core, TEKS, IB philosophy, and State Standards.
  • District learning philosophy – This might include a focus on citizenship, problem-solving, or the development of lifelong learners.
  • Student needs – Your students may struggle more in certain subjects but excel in others so keeping this in mind while planning content will help to ensure student success.
  • Past experience – Reviewing what worked and what didn’t in previous years will give you a solid foundation for what should be included in the future.

Consensus and projected maps will begin with the essential map if it is available. This can be modified for the teacher’s specific needs. If no essential map is available, start with the list of topics as in the bullet points above.

This is how you can start creating an effective curriculum map, note that there has to be good amount of time spent on the mapping process.

Read Chalk’s Complete Guide to Curriculum Mapping eBook for creating, implementing, and sustaining an effective curriculum map. Our Self Assessment: Am I Ready to Refine My Curriculum Mapping Process and 3 Free Curriculum Mapping Templates articles are also great resources to help you get started.

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