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Curriculum Design

Unit Design: Remember...

A standards-based curriculum places textbooks, grammar, and functions in their appropriate support roles in reaching our goals of instruction. A curriculum today must guide teachers in responding to multiple questions. Consider the following:

  1. What will the students know and be able to do when they have completed this unit?
  2. How will you know they have learned? What evidence demonstrates this learning?
  3. How do you evaluate the quality of the students’ performance?

Activity 1: With these questions in mind, we have to determine an organizing principle to help answer these questions and therefore create our curriculum. Which one(s) of the following should be used as your organizing principle? Check all that apply.

Language Functions

It is essential that you have an understanding of the 4 levels of development, the 3 communication modes and performance assessment. If you have not completed those modules or you are unfamiliar with this information, please return to the earlier modules.

Personal Reflection: Please copy and paste the following questions into your word processor or download the word document containing the questions. Then answer the questions and save it for your professional development portfolio.

Unit Design Remember-Reflection: Word Document

  1. In reaching your goals of instruction in your current or future teaching environment, how would you describe the organizing principles you apply to unit design?
  2. Select a unit that you would like to revise or evaluate. What is successful about this unit? What areas would you like to improve? Why?
  3. How do you assess what students have learned in this unit? What evidence demonstrates student progress as a result of this unit?

As you proceed through the curriculum planning module, we will ask you to refer back to this unit as a point of reference for a theme that you would like to reorganize.

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Last updated: August 18, 2006