PURPOSE:  What we want our students to know and understand about the unit or topic


  • Consider having a sub-heading added to this section (STUDENTS WILL KNOW….) to help mappers start their content phrases.
  • Writing content in paragraph or narrative form might be difficult for you and others to quickly read and digest. Consider formatting content:
    •  in short, noun-driven phrases
    • with bullet points
  • Content should reflect:
    • facts, concepts, aligned standards, or principles taught within the unit
    • what students can explain to others
    • what students need to know and understand in order to carry out the skills expected of them within the unit
  • Academic vocabulary (and other vocabulary important to the unit) can be noted in this template section. Consider bringing attention to key vocab by:
    • highlighting
    • color coding
    • using bold/italic/underline font
    • listing
  • For larger units, or those that will extend over a longer period of time, consider documenting the content pieces in the order you will teach them.  This provides a more detailed structure of instruction that isn’t necessarily present on the unit calendar.


Curriculum Basics: Content and Skills