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Developing a Curriculum Plan for Implementation

What is a Curriculum Plan?

A year-long curriculum plan, arranged by month or grading period, correlates all of Core Knowledge content with concepts, content, and skills required by state and or district standards. A curriculum plan also provides the foundation for pacing presentation of the Core Knowledge content–guiding monthly and weekly plans for classroom lessons and experiences.

Why Use a Curriculum Plan?

The curriculum plan guides your implementation of the Core Knowledge Sequence. Using a curriculum plan to implement the Sequence will:

  • ensure that all of the Core Knowledge topics are taught,
  • encourage consistency and communication,
  • provide pacing–establishing appropriate amounts of time for each topic and guiding decisions regarding the depth of coverage for each topic, and
  • serve as a tool for communication between the school, parents and the community.

How Do I Create a Curriculum Plan?

A curriculum plan begins with an alignment between Core Knowledge content and other standards and guidelines to which your school must adhere. The Core Knowledge Foundation has completed a variety of alignments which can be used as a starting point for your curriculum plan.

The curriculum plan expands upon the alignment by documenting, for each grade level:

  • the sequence of Core Knowledge topics month-by-month, including presentation of each of the recommended stories, poems, speeches, musical compositions, works of art, etc.,
  • cross-curricular connections that will be made between various content areas of the Sequence,
  • time allocated for each topic, and
  • details indicating the level of depth for each topic, indicating what children will know, understand, and be able to do at the end of each unit of study.

The curriculum plan should be designed such that the topics are logically connected throughout the year, and across grade levels, demonstrating the Core Knowledge philosophy of knowledge building on knowledge.

The Foundation is available to consult with you on the development of your curriculum plan.