One thing that is important to remember about concept-based curriculum and instruction is that the facts are important. All students need to have a body of factual knowledge in order to provide examples that support the generalizations. You should identify the critical Factual Content that students need to know in order to be successful during the unit.

As you identify the critical factual content that students need to know during the unit, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the critical content (knowledge) students will need to master in order to reach the understandings in this unit of study (e.g. key terminology, specific people, or places)?
  • What factual examples could I use during the unit of study that will build and provide enough evidence for students to see patterns that lead them to make generalizations?

Following the 12 step unit plan development process, we reach the point where we must address the questions above and decide what key content will comprise the majority of our unit. This is where your previously completed critical content-concept web will be useful!

Sixth Grade Sample Concept-Content Web.png

Now, looking over your web, what is the key factual content that may belong? Determine what critical content will best help students reach the understandings that you have identified. critical content.GIF

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Quick Links To Components In The Process
Unpacking The Standards <> Creating Unit Outlines <> Drafting A Brief Overview Of The Unit <> Identifying Clarifying Objectives <> Creating The Content-Concept Web <> Writing Generalizations <> Guiding Questions <> Identifying Key Factual Content <> Identifying Key Skills <> Aligning Assessments to Understandings/Performance Tasks <> Learning Experiences <> Identifying Resources and Teacher Notes

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