Middle School Units
High School Units
Framework for Curriculum Design
Understanding by Design (UbD) is a rigorous model for thinking, organizing learning, and setting priorities for students and teachers. It takes the backward design approach to developing a curriculum or unit that begins with the end in mind and moves toward that end (p. 338). This framework has guided our work in curriculum and unit design.
This framework includes the following components:
By using the principle of UbD and guided by big ideas, enduring understandings, and essential questions, this curriculum promotes discovery-based learning and teaching. Together, learners and teachers assume the responsibility of uncovering and connecting pieces of information, knowledge, and skills central to the discipline.
While still a work in progress, and while there is still plenty of room for improvement, these are examples of theme based units created and used by art teachers that integrate the new national visual arts standards. As a district, we are interested in the benefits of a 21st century art curriculum built on artistic literacy and the artistic process. We focus on building student understanding around meaning-making, exploring the choices artists make, and how art impacts our daily lives. Therefore, we have chosen to align our curriculum to the National Visual Art Standards that were adopted in 2014. Choosing the standards, or what you want students to be able to do and know, is an important first step in writing curriculum.