by Peter Smagorinsky
"The units in this library contain the following elements:
- A rationale that provides a justification for teaching the unit to appropriate classes of students.
- A set of goals that provide direction and purpose for the unit. These goals serve as the major assessments for the unit and are accompanied by a rubric that guides assessment.
- A list of materials that serve as the primary texts for considering the unit theme or focus.
- Daily lessons and activities that enable students to work successfully toward rewarding performances on the unit assessments.
"In designing the units, the teachers are urged to prepare them as though they suddenly might take an extended leave from their teaching and leave instruction in the hands of a substitute. The units therefore need to be written in sufficient detail that someone else could come in and teach them. The rubric for grading the units is available elsewhere on this website.
"The Virtual Library of Conceptual Units appears next. Each unit is available for downloading. To download, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You are welcome to borrow from these units; we only ask that you respect each unit's authors and credit their work if you borrow it for your own teaching or unit design.
"Units listed in red have been identified as good models to follow. Most units are of high quality; those marked in red have been singled out because they model all aspects of unit design unusually well. All units in the Virtual Library, whether marked in red or not, are worth consideration for teaching."
Via Todd Finley