What Is It?
Curriculum mapping is a process for collecting and recording curriculum-related data that identifies core skills and content taught, processes employed, and assessments used for each subject area and grade level. The completed curriculum map then becomes a tool that helps teachers keep track of what has been taught and plan what will be taught.
Creating and working with curriculum maps is a 7-step process involving:
The purpose of a curriculum map is to document the relationship between every component of the curriculum. Used as an analysis, communication, and planning tool, a curriculum map
Bear in mind that curriculum maps are records of implemented instruction -- of what has been taught during the current school year. Projection maps, or pacing guides, on the other hand, project what will be covered in the future.
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Learn More About It
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Sample Curriculum Map
To see an example of a curriculum map, visit the Utah Education Network.
For more information, see Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12, by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs (Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12, ASCD, Alexandria, VA, 1997).