STEP 6: Write Generalizations/Understandings/Big Ideas

One of the most critical elements of a concept-based unit and concept-based instruction is the generalization. Generalizations, also called enduring understandings, big ideas or essential understandings, are conceptual ides or lessons of a discipline that transfer beyond one time, place or situation. They are derived from identifying the connection or relationship between two or more concepts. These are the statements of conceptual understanding that inductively help students arrive at during instruction.
As you write generalizations for your unit, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are the big ideas, related to the topic under study, that I want my students to develop that transfers to other lessons, other units, other grade levels, and/or other courses?
  • What relationships do I see between and among the concepts on the concept/content web for which I can develop statements of conceptual understanding?

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