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Curriculum and Instruction

Massachusetts Model Curriculum Units Videos

Lesson Plans: Instructional Strategies
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project. Educators on the project discuss the development of lesson plans and the importance of including instructional strategies, such as strong lesson openings so student may connect to previous learning, Turn and Talk to increase student dialogue about what they are learning, and Think Alouds to illustrate teacher thinking for students.

Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessments
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project and provides a deeper dive into Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) in which students independently apply their understandings, knowledge and skills through authentic performance tasks

Establishing Goals
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project and provides a discussion on the importance and purpose of uncovering the big understandings from standards in order for students to make meaning from their learning.

Essential Questions
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project and focuses on the development and purpose of Essential Questions in the curriculum design process. Educators discuss the need to develop essential questions that are thought provoking and connected to big understandings through which students will engage over an extended period of time.

The Massachusetts Curriculum Development Project
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project, a collaborative effort between the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and hundreds of educators from across the state. These educators worked in design teams using the Understanding by Design process to develop Model Curriculum Units. The video captures the collaboration and deep thinking by curriculum design teams over the course of a full year as they worked to develop Model Curriculum Units.

1st Grade National and Massachusetts Holidays-Building Academic Vocabulary
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project and shows a lesson in which students develop academic vocabulary as they discuss primary source images in response to the question, "Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?" This question is part of a History Social Science (HSS) Unit on National and Massachusetts Holidays (Massachusetts HSS Standard 1.5)

U.S. History II-Civil Rights Movement-Using Primary Sources to discuss Essential Questions
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project and provides an example of how to use primary sources in discussing Essential Questions and creating opportunities for student discourse based on evidence.

Evaluating the Unit
This video was created as part of the Massachusetts Race to the Top Model Curriculum Project and focuses on the Quality Review Rubrics that were developed to evaluate the Model Curriculum Units. Educators discuss the process of developing and using the rubric to make sure the units are high quality.



Last Updated: October 23, 2014
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