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# Unit Planning

## Carol Bush Network Team Specialist Orleans/Niagara BOCES

SED Expectations
Two units aligned to the common core There is no length requirement You can work with other people if youd like The Point: Must demonstrate that you understand the Common Core.

## How can I show I understand the Common Core?

ELA/ Literacy for ALL
College and Career Ready Capacities (p. 5) 6 ELA Shifts Standards

MATH
Mathematical Practices (p. 5) 6 Math Shifts Standards

## Big Ideas: Why teach it?

Essential Questions: How will you get students to discover the big ideas?

## Connection to College and Career Readiness and/or the Six Shifts

Aligning a Unit
1. Select the standards youll address in the unit. (Keep it simple 1-3 standards.) 2. Break down each standard so you dont miss anything! 3. Explain how youll teach each part of the standards youve selected. 4. Explain how youll assess each part of the standards youve selected.

## Try breaking down the following standard

W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

## Here are some possibilities

Content Skills

Relevant information Experiences Print sources Digital sources Notes Finished work List of sources

Recall relevant information (from experiences). Gather relevant information (using print and digital resources). Summarize information (in notes and finished work). Paraphrase information (in notes and finished work). Provide a list of sources.

## Step 4: Assess each part of the standards.

Aligning a Unit
1. Select the standards youll address in the unit. (Keep it simple 1-3 standards.) 2. Break down each standard so you dont miss anything! 3. Explain how youll teach each part of the standards youve selected. 4. Explain how youll assess each part of the standards youve selected.

## Characteristics of a Quality Unit

Aligned Are all of your ducks in a row?

Robust Does your unit plan have substance, flavor, and variety? Transparent Would anyone be able to pick up your unit and teach it?

Aligned
Begin with standards as basis of unit Content, skills, and assessments, reflect the standards selected All aspects of the unit plan include language consistent with the standards

## Aligned Elements: Multimedia Unit

Convey messages Audio and visual elements Multiple modes of representation Using the internet Interpreted differently Importing and downloading Analyze a poem Multimedia project

Robust
Include a variety of instructional strategies Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners Focus on one or more of the six shifts, CCR capacities, and/or mathematical practices

## Looking at the Multimedia Unit

Instructional Strategies Independent work Computer/Internet work (multimedia presentation, internet searching, downloading, importing, etc.) Differentiation Not explicitly stated Given the independent nature of this unit, students are provided with individualized support/enrichment as necessary 6 Shifts/CCR Capacities Text Complexity Analyzing the meanings of words/phrases, allusions/analogies, figurative/connotative language, etc. Representing messages in multiple modes Applying advanced technological skills.

Paper and pencil work Student choice for (graphic organizer, notes selection of poems and from audience) computer software

Transparent
Is your unit plan clearly written? Can someone else pick up your unit and teach it?

Questions?