– Curriculum Map(s)

Below are four curriculum maps for my Language Arts/Writing course that I am currently teaching. They are split into four units, and they are coordinated according to our quarterly system. For example, Unit 1 takes place in the 1st Quarter, Unit 2 takes place in the 2nd Quarter and so on and so forth…

Unit 1: Start From Scratch

Unit 2: Express Yourself

Unit 3: The Art of Storytelling

Unit 4: Back To The Future (Integrated Unit)


There are several goals for the 4 units. All four units will work together to form a well versed student in regards to various writing formats. From start to finish, students will learn the fundamentals of writing. My goal is to provide a solid structure as well as foundation for students to build upon with their learned knowledge.

Objectives/Goals Per Unit

  • Unit 1: Start From Scratch – Students will learn the basic fundamentals of writing during these first 8 weeks of school… Students will learn how to correct themselves via capitalization, punctuation, building paragraphs, sentence structure, foundations of essay writing, and academic skills that will help them throughout the year to be successful.
  • Unit 2: Express Yourself – Students will learn how to properly format as well as write poetry, collaging, letter writing, and essay writing. The main goals are to learn how to express themselves via poetry, fine arts, letter writing, and essay writing.
  • Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Student will learn how to express themselves by learning how to tell a story from beginning, middle, to end. Students will learn to write a short story, a children’s book, an investigative report, complete an oral history assignment, and a research paper.
  • Unit 4: Back To The Future – Students will journey back in time during the 4th quarter of 2014. Students will be reintroduced to historical topics that they may have prior knowledge to via their Social Studies classes. Topics include but are not limited to political assassinations, slavery, and 9/11. Students will also be posed the question, what if these events never happened in order to jump start their imagination… Students will be able to respond via writing about incidents that changed the course of history as well as display their knowledge through a collage assignment (time permitting).

10 comments on “– Curriculum Map(s)

  1. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any methods to help stop content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate it.

      • Hey there, thx for liking my latest post (http://gammagamification.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/lessons-i-learned-from-reading-john-taggs-learning-paradigm-college/). I like your attitude about copyright for your own content. As Guy Kawasaki puts it “Let’s not compete on ideas, let’s compete on execution“. I think nowadays, that is the best attitude. Sharing your knowledge will only give you the chance to grow. It will never be worse for you but it may happen that you do not continue to develop an idea and someone who does so becomes better than you. But this is not for sharing your content but for stopping to work on it.
        In this sense, have a great collaborational knowledge sharing day 🙂
        May the force be with you,

      • Thanks for stopping by. It’s always best to share knowledge. We live in an Information Age w/ new rules. The Internet is like the Wild West…LoL I’ve supplemented my curriculum from other sources in various locations. I’ve found several downloadable sites that have been helpful throughout the years. If somebody found my blog, curriculum maps, lessons plans, or ideas useful, I’d welcome them to it… I’d take it as a complement as well.

      • You’re welcome and right 🙂 Just decided to add “How I imagine modern copyright” to my blog’s writing list, so thx for the inspiration 😉 Wish you well!

  2. I found a book recently printed in 1912 called ” The Essentials Of English Composition” by James W. Linn. The same elements you propose to teach are all in the book, albeit in a different order.

    I think this book might have been a college level course, though, because it came from the Colorado College Library in 1917 according to the pasted card inside the cover.

    I’m a bit of a bibliophile. I especially like to collect old engineering and carpentry books, being a carpenter. I have two books printed in 1911 or so that are solely about the uses of the Steel Square, about 400 pages in all. (Very interesting to see all the things you can use the Steel Square for. )

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  5. You have easy flowing and eye pleasing blog with good information. I like the unit concept. Photostory (you need to download free program from Microsoft) will be a good addition when student express themselves.

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