Curriculum Map Review Guidelines
I. The Essential Questions
that good essential questions have some basic criteria in common:
They center on major issues, problems,
concerns, interests, or themes.
They are open-ended and resist a simple
or single right answer.
They are deliberately
thought-provoking, sometimes controversial, and are usually higher order type
They require students to draw upon
content knowledge and personal experience.
They can be revisited throughout a
unit, or beyond, to engage students in evolving dialogue or debate.
They lead to other essential questions
They are NOT just a rewrite of a
While content often repeats, essential
questions show the difference in the approach.
Discuss the essential questions
in terms of the following:
the questions highlight key concepts?
the questions relate to the skills?
the questions have a logical sequence?
the questions framed to engage the learners?
the questions open-ended?
the questions realistic for the time frame and level?
there an appropriate number of questions (not too few/too
the questions non-repetitious?
Look over the Skills portion of
the maps in respect to these points:
the skills written as action verbs
the skills link to the essential questions?
the level of the skill match the level of study?
cross-curricular skills, or skills relating to the ESLRs also mentioned at
Evaluate the Assessment portion
of the map according to the following:
enough details been given about the type of assessment?
the assessments show evidence of precise skills?
the assessments reflect the essential questions?
the assessments appropriate to the level?
the assessments (overall) provide evidence of growth or regression over time?
which your answers were “No” show areas that need revision
adapted from Mapping the Big Picture training materials by Heide