Looking At Your Map Through A Different Lens

A different perspective can bring about a new understanding of your curriculum map!  Information input is definitely important to the mapping process.  However, it’s critical to move from that ground-level view and analyze your map from a different, deeper perspective.  Atlas offers a variety of reports to serve as that new lens. (Use the REPORTS tab at the top of your Atlas page.)


  • View state standards in each subject area
  • Get to know state standards in your grade level
  • Check out standards across grade levels
  • Explore standards from different subject areas to see how they might merge (cross-curricular units)


  • Find out which standards are missing from your curriculum map
  • Identify outdated standards on your map


(Your school may not have this feature in your system. It can be added.)

  • Reflect on the purpose of your assessments.
    • Students need opportunity to check their understanding along the way.
    • Teachers use student checkpoint information to meet the needs of students.
    • Teachers need opportunity to check for student understanding throughout the unit.
  • DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT (before instruction)
    • Determine what students know before you start a unit.
    • Consider changing the course of the unit if students already have prior knowledge and skill.
    • DIAGNOSTIC assessment examples:
      • pretest
      • KWL
      • journal
      • self-assessment
      • mind map
      • student survey
      • anticipation guide
  • FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT (during instruction)
    • No grade attached
    • Ensure students are understanding what you are teaching
    • Give students a voice during instruction; provide ways for students to let you know if they understand.
    • FORMATIVE assessment examples:
      • entry/exit ticket
      • thumbs up/thumbs down
      • red/yellow/green or 3/2/1
      • rubric
      • journal entry
      • post-it note questions
      • online student response  (e.g.Socrative, Kahoot)
      • observation
  • SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (after instruction)
    • Grade attached
    • End-of-unit check for understanding
    • SUMMATIVE assessment examples:
      • student presentation (e.g. speech, report, Google Slides, Ignite, Prezi)
      • quiz
      • chapter test
      • skills review
      • student critique


  • Allows opportunity to reflect on how students are assessed.
  • Keep in mind…one assessment method does not fit all.
  • Gives a break-down view of the assessment choices you’re offering your students.
  • Examples of Assessment Methods may include:
    • Performance Tasks: authentic task, dramatization, lab, skills demo
    • Written: essay, informative , journal, narrative, persuasive, report
    • Oral: debate, discussion, oral report, presentation, speech
    • Project: technoloty, visual arts, personal
    • Test: common, written, standardized
    • Other: peer assessment, quiz, portfolio, teacher observation
  • (Note: The Assessment Method drop down list can be edited to meet the specific needs of your school.)


  • Look at your maps (and others in your school) with a more focused view.
    • Horizontal Scope & Sequence allows you to pinpoint and view a specific section of the map within a subject area….without having to click on each separate unit on the unit calendar.
    • Vertical Scope & Sequence gives a view of a specific mapping section across grade levels within a subject area.  No more need to browse others’ maps to gain a focused view.


  • Much like the Horizontal and Vertical Report, the Multiple Category Scope & Sequence report allows you to see contents of multiple mapping sections within a subject area.