Having used assessment as a starting point for curriculum design, you
now are prepared for the next step in the backward planning
curriculum design process: developing sequence and content for your lesson
Consider these key elements as you continue to develop lesson plans and
write notes in your journal:
- Content: The knowledge and skills you intend to measure through
your performance task represent what you must teach in this unit. How
many lessons will it take for students to learn what they need to successfully
complete the task?
- Instruction: As you develop content, consider various ways
students could learn it, including both traditional and inquiry-based
methods of instruction. If most of the instructional strategies you
plan seem traditional, try more inquiry-based methods. What methods
help your students learn most effectively? A daily lecture? A hands-on
activity? A combination of approaches?
- Integration of subjects: Integrate a variety of subjects only
if each subject plays an essential role in the learning that is desired.
If you took one of the intended subjects out, would students still get
what they should out of the lesson or unit?
If possible, apply the ideas from Program 6 in your own classroom. For
example, create a lesson plan integrating the arts based on the knowledge
and skills that you want to assess. Design a performance task that would
enable students to show that they have achieved the relevant objective.
The following required readings will support your understanding of Program
6 for the for-credit workshop:
- Criteria for Planning
Multi-Arts Instruction (PDF)
Assessment Guide" by Ray Wilkins, Pennsylvania Department of
Education. This guide is intended to assist teachers in matching challenging
curriculum and instruction with authentic assessment strategies that
mirror the teaching/learning experience.
in the Arts" This is an online discussion of arts assessment
with sample learning outcomes and indicators.
To prepare for Program 7, review these readings:
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