Create and Manage Units and Lesson Plans

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PATH: Campus Instruction > Planner > My Curriculum > New > Unit or Lesson Plan OR Section Name > New Unit or Lesson Plan OR Detail Editor > New > Unit or Lesson Plan

Units provide a curriculum structure for assignments. Teachers use lesson plans differently, but many use them to record classroom activities and reflect the teacher's work for a day, as assignments reflect student work.

Units and lesson plans are not visible to students and parents on the Portal.

Creating a Unit

PATH: Campus Instruction > Planner > My Curriculum > New > Unit OR Section Name > New Unit OR Detail Editor > New > Unit

A Unit is the highest level of the curriculum hierarchy and organizes thematically related lesson plans and assignments. Units also maintain the hierarchy of lesson plans and assignments, which is helpful when sharing curriculum through the library.

Units are not scored and therefore contain fewer fields than assignments.

  1. Enter a Unit Name.
  2. Mark the unit as a Draft, if desired. Draft units require only a name, do not display in many areas of Campus Instruction, and display with a hashed background in the Planner. See information about Assignment Drafts for more details.
  3. Indicate which Section(s) should include this unit and enter Start and End dates. Normally, unit dates span all of the included lesson plan and assignment dates. Click Add/Remove to add any other sections you teach.
  4. Select a Template if desired. Templates are created in Curriculum Templates tool.
  5. Enter a description of the unit in the Teacher Notes.
  6. Use the Add Content section to attach files that can only be accessed by the teacher, such as an answer key or scoring rubric. Options for files may include File Attachment or Google Drive File, depending on district settings.
  7. Add applicable Curriculum Tags to the unit. This metadata is used in searching for items in the library. Options include:
    • Standards: Which standards this assignment is designed to address. Units inherit the standards selected for their children Lesson Plans and Assignments.
    • Grade Levels: Which grade levels the assignment is designed for. Options are Pre-K, each grade between K and 12, and 12+. 
    • Tags: Keywords that describe the assignment. Tags can be multiple words. When you add a tag to an assignment, it becomes available to other users in your district. Search for a tag to use one created by you or another user in your district.
  8. Save the unit when finished, or select another New item to create, which saves the unit and opens a new editor. Selecting New to create a lesson plan or assignment from a unit automatically adds that unit as the parent.

Unit Example

Creating a Lesson Plan

PATH: Campus Instruction > Planner > My Curriculum > New > Lesson Plan OR Section Name > New Lesson Plan OR Detail Editor > New > Lesson Plan

While teachers may use lesson plans differently, these items are generally considered to reflect the work completed during a class session, such as lectures, discussions, and activities. Many teachers prefer to have a lesson plan for each day a class meets.

  1. Enter a Lesson Plan Name.
  2. Mark the unit as a Draft, if desired. Draft lesson plans require only a name, do not display in many areas of Campus Instruction, and display with a hashed background in the Planner. See information about Assignment Drafts for more details.
  3. Indicate which Section(s) should include this lesson plan and enter Start and End dates. Normally, lesson plan dates span all of the included assignment dates and fall within the parent unit. Click Add/Remove to add any other sections you teach.
  4. Select a Template if desired. Templates are created in Curriculum Templates tool.
  5. Enter a description of the lesson plan in the Teacher Notes.
  6. Use the Add Content section to attach files that can only be accessed by the teacher, such as an answer key or scoring rubric. Options for files may include File Attachment or Google Drive File, depending on district settings.
  7. Select a parent Unit if desired. If you created this lesson plan by selecting New > Lesson Plan from an existing unit, that unit is selected by default. Lesson plans display within their parent units in the Outline. To change the linked unit, click Clear, then Save the lesson plan, then select a new Unit.
  8. Add applicable Curriculum Tags to the lesson plan. This metadata is used in searching for items in the library. Options include:
    • Standards: Which standards this assignment is designed to address. This list includes all standards aligned to the Course. Selecting a standard here has no link to grading.
    • Grade Levels: Which grade levels the assignment is designed for. Options are Pre-K, each grade between K and 12, and 12+. 
    • Depth of Knowledge: The complexity of thinking required by the assignment. Options are Recall and Reproduction, Skills and Concepts, Strategic Thinking, and Extended Thinking.
    • Tags: Keywords that describe the assignment. Tags can be multiple words. When you add a tag to an assignment, it becomes available to other users in your district. Search for a tag to use one created by you or another user in your district.
  9. Save the lesson plan when finished, or select another New item to create, which saves the lesson plan and opens a new editor.

Lesson Plan Example

Creating an Assignment

See the Creating Assignments article for full information about adding assignments in Campus Instruction.

In the context of units and lesson plans, select a Unit/Lesson Plan parent to add the assignment to the Outline. To change the linked unit/lesson plan, click Clear, then Save the assignment, then select a new Unit/Lesson Plan.

Curriculum Outline

When viewing a unit, lesson plan, or assignment that is connected to other items, expand the curriculum Outline on the right side of the editor to view items linked to the same unit.

Curriculum Outline

Lesson plans and assignments are sorted by date within the items that contain them. The number in parenthesis following each item indicates how many sections include that item, which may vary by item.

For example, you teach two sections of English 9 and determine that one section doesn't need a planned review assignment that benefits another section. In this instance, removing the checkmark from the Section Placement for one section and leaving it for the other keeps the assignment in the unit but removes it from the section that doesn't need it. In the Outline, that assignment would have a (1) instead of a (2).

 

 

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