Using Curriculum Maps


Purpose of Using Curriculum Maps

Curriculum Maps help to organize units for your students. Once you have your timeframe set for your class, you can create a visual to map out the activities you will use for integrated skills based teaching strategy for all four domains of language: reading, writing, listening, speaking.

How to Use Curriculum Maps

Maps essentially fit within Project Based Learning (PBL) models. Some schools use PBLs for summative assessments. Other schools use PBLs for learning units for projects with formative assessments built in.

Integrating technology into your lessons helps learners to take ownership of their learning in a fun way. I will be doing another post specifically for learner technology in culturally responsive classrooms but for this post we will focus on curriculum maps.

Curriculum Map Example

Here is an example I use when creating thematic units and lesson plans.

Grade 10 English Reading and Writing

It is important to start your map with a general learner population and profile.

MY students during a lesson.

Learner Profile

  • 24 Grade 10 students at a Chinese high school international department
  • English reading and writing lessons are covered for forty to eighty minutes each day.
  • Students have a range of proficiency in all four domains of the English language.

Next, you will include the goal of the map.

Curriculum Map Goal

  1. To prepare students for English examinations in TOEFL and IELTS.

Now, you are ready to map out your lessons.

Sample Curriculum Map

Curriculum Map Week 1 and 2
Curriculum Map Week 3 and 4

Lastly, include any learning technology you will use.

Learning Technology

Google Docs- By using google docs to journal their chapter questions students can get immediate feedback for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

VoiceThread- By using VoiceThread students can each contribute their opinions about the differences between Kansas and Oz. At the end of the activity I will play the voice thread on the SmartBoard to hear a cumulative summary of the differences as presented by each student. 

Splicer- Creating a news report video and using Splicer to edit, add text, music, audio clips, and images will help students to formalize their ideas into a visual presentation. 

Padlet- By using Padlet to capture their group discussion about cause and effect relationships with the events and characters in the story, students will be able to see others opinions and critically think and discuss the concept of cause and effect. 

Using maps helps you to organize your thematic units. Once you have completed your curriculum map, you can focus on building the lessons for each activity.

Create a Curriculum Map

You can use PowerPoint or any other application to create your map. I have also used a table in Word. This example of a map was created in PowerPoint.

Further Reading

An Introduction to Project Based Learning

PBL Video

PBL for English Language Learners

5 Keys to Rigorous Project Based Learning for English Language Learners

Introduction to Project Based Learning

Supporting English Language Learners with Project Based Learning

Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners Resources

Thematic Unit Definitions and Tips

The SIOP Model


Teaching with the SIOP Model


If you are an educator, parent, or grandparent and looking for practical strategies to use with children, concepts to understand, and ideas that can be easily implemented about how to create space for self and others, you have landed in the right spot.

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Children learn how to solve problems the same way they learn how to read, write, and add. Like reading, writing, and adding, there are three specific components to solving problems. These are teachable skills children can learn at any age.


How to Use Curriculum Mapping. (2015, March 13). TeachHUB.

Procedures for Curriculum Mapping. (n.d.).

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