Creating Quality Maps With Design in Mind Reminder Guides
There is a difference between curriculum design and curriculum practice. Teachers are used to focusing on curriculum practices (e.g., teaching using differenation for meeting learners' styles, daily lesson planning). Therefore, there is a learning curve for many regarding how to write curriculum maps with curriculum design in mind.
Please be aware that while these guides are beneficial as quick references, it is recommended that teachers and administrators participate in comprehensive professional development regarding writing curriculum maps with design in mind (Chapter 4 of A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process dedicates more than 60 pages to this writing process).
The definition of a quality written map is: a map wherein map readers do not need the map writer or writers present to correctly interpret the map's data. Since curriculum maps are frequently accessed, read, and discussed by teachers during curriculum reviews without the map writer or writers present, consistency in wording, format, and intra-alignment throughout a learning organization contributes significantly to the quality and clarity regarding accurate map data interpretation.
The Quality Map Writing With Design In Mind Recommendations document provides insight into the information included in the reminder guides. The guides are designed to assist a learning organization in establishing recording norms for consistency, ease of reading, and accuracy in interpretation without interfering with writer or writers' autonomy regarding context. While a map may include a variety of curriculum elements, the guides focus on the most common elements included in a curriculum map: Unit Name, Content, Skills, Assessments, Activites/Strategies, and Resources intra-aligned to Standards.
The Suggested Writing Protocols Guides below are written for writing Projected/Diary Map because this type of map includes the most curriculum design and instructional practice elements. An Essential Map (districtwide agreed-upon learning) or Consensus Map (school-site-specific agreed-upon learning) may or may not include information regarding instructional-practice elements (Assessments, Activities/Strategies, and Resources).
Some find it useful to laminate the appropriate guide and use them as quick-reference visuals when recording curriculum maps.
To view various types of map unit examples, click on the Sample Maps/Units on the left side bar.
Suggested Writing Protocols Guides