Are you using Curriculum Maps for Teaching Multilingual Learners?

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.

Curriculum Maps essentially fit within Project Based Learning 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.

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 curriculum map with a general learner population and profile:

Next, you will include the goal of the curriculum map:

Now, you are ready to map out your lessons:

Lastly, include any learning technology you will use:

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 curriculum 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.

Here is the PowerPoint slides I created my Curriculum Map with:

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

How to Use Curriculum Mapping

Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners Resources

Thematic Unit Definitions and Tips


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

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

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