BACKWARDS PLANNING CURRICULUM UNITS: U.S. History
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Devised according to the "backwards planning" model of curriculum design that emphasizes coming up with assessments before mapping out a course of instruction, these PowerPoint®-based units of 50–100 slides cover key topics in U.S. history and are ideal for introductory overviews or concluding reviews.
Support materials identify "enduring understandings" that students need to come to about the subject (e.g., "The reach and impact of the New Deal affected American life from the 1930s into the 21st century") and "essential questions" that will guide them to these understandings and focus their learning (e.g., "How did FDR change the role of the presidency in American history?"). Each unit includes complete lecture notes, at least three authentic assessments, and a 20-question multiple-choice quiz.
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