These resources provide sample curriculum writers and/or users more information about the sample curriculum project and templates. The first video is a general overview of the sample curriculum project and the essential components of the templates that may be referenced in future presentations. The presentations that will follow are content specific to illustrate the unique attributes applied in each content area.
Boom and Bust: A sample instructional unit built from an existing overview. (December 20, 2013)
The instructional units built during Phase III will add learning strategies, resource suggestions, differentiation options, and assessment ideas to select curriculum unit overviews. Designed to help all students master the Colorado Academic Standards, these “built-out” units will be available by late winter or early spring of 2014. The draft unit for the 4th grade social studies overview, Boom and Bust, is available now so that educators can preview the content and structure of these forthcoming units. Instructional unit samples will be accompanied with a unique storyboard which illustrates the sequence of learning experiences designed for that unit.
This Process Guide reflects an amalgamation of the processes used by the SIS team and Colorado educators during the fall 2012 workshops to translate the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) into curriculum (unit overview) samples. We hope this guide will deepen understandings of the CAS and spark conversations about creating curriculum, for all content areas and grades, that truly embodies CDE’s mantra of “all student, all standards.”
For the highest quality, please watch these presentations at full screen and in HD where possible.
A closer look at Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project
This 30-minute video provides an overview of Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project and explores the curriculum template and key aspects of the teacher-created curriculum samples. For viewer convenience, and to enhance the video, both the PowerPoint presentation utilized in the video and the curriculum template (with explanations of terms and components) are available for download.
The video may be viewed in its entirety, but to facilitate strategic or targeted use the following table highlights the specific topics included in the video (bolded topics indicate major sections of the video) along with their associated time locations and segment lengths.
Documents referenced in the video:
|Project Overview||00:00||3 minutes, 30 seconds|
|Project Introduction||00:00||20 seconds|
|Project Goals||00:20||45 seconds|
|Project Phases||01:09||58 seconds|
|Phase I Highlights||02:29||1 minute, 20 seconds|
|Sample Overview - Course at a Glance||03:30||5 minutes, 49 seconds|
|Course at a Glance Introduction||03:30||1 minute, 42 seconds|
|Planning for a year/course||05:12||4 minutes, 7 seconds|
|Sample Overview - Unit Planning||09:20||18 minutes, 10 seconds|
|Unit planning Introduction||9:20||50 seconds|
|Generalizations (Understandings)||10:10||5 minutes, 7 seconds|
|Content and Skills||15:20||2 minutes, 54 seconds|
|Concepts, Unit Strands and Focusing Lens||18:15||5 minutes, 25 seconds|
|Critical Language||23:41||2 minutes, 38 seconds|
|Next Steps||27:33||1 minute, 58 seconds|
|Next Steps Introduction||27:33||45 seconds|
|Phase 3 Goals||28:18||1 minute 13 seconds|
Content Specific Presentations and Resources
Click the name of the content area to jump directly to its curriculum resources.
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