Elements of a Curriculum Map

  • A curriculum map must initially include content, skills and assessment. A curriculum map may include a variety of information including state standards, activities, resources, essential questions, etc.
  • Content is the subject matter itself; the key concepts, facts, and/or events that are being taught. Content may follow one of the following formats: discipline‐based, interdisciplinary, or student‐centered. A discipline‐based format focuses on a subject (i.e., math, science, social
    studies, etc.). An interdisciplinary format focuses on connections between two or more subjects, and a student‐centered format focuses on
    student‐developed interests. Content is expressed as a noun (i.e., addition, Global Warming).
  • Skills are the strategies that we want students to be able to do. Skills are what teachers are assessing/measuring, observing,
    documenting, etc. When completing a diary map, this is the section that captures what was actually taught. Skills are expressed as verbs.
    Examples of precise skills verbs are edit, revise, utilize, read for…, speak, research, create, add, measure, etc.
  • Assessments are the tangible products or observable performances of students’ learning.

Quality Curriculum Maps


The following are characteristics of quality
  • What is taught and assessed is clearly articulated.
  • Skills are clearly delineated.
  • Assessments are linked to skills and content.
  • Language and terminology are easily understood.
  • A reader can understand the map without the writer explaining it.