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TEACHER CLARITY Unpacking a Standard Implementation Tools & Resources
What Does it Mean to Unpack a Standard?
Begin by looking at a grade level standard and take it apart to understand what skills and concepts students need in order to master the standard. Unpacking a standard is thinking through all of the concepts and all of the skills in order to design the learning progressions and learning intentions and success criteria. The process involves analyzing the language of the standard and extracting clues that describe what students need to know. Nouns (concepts): represent what it is the student needs to know. Verbs (skills): speak to the skills students must acquire in order to make the concepts, and content useful. Example Standard: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Nouns: Textual Evidence
Verbs: Cite Support Draw from
Analysis of explicit text Analysis of inferences
Learning Progressions While studying standards and planning for instructional units, ask the question, “How
might the concepts and skills in each standard be taught in a logical way?” Although standards represent the end knowledge that students gain through interaction with the content, learning progressions help teachers plan out a pathway to student proficiency of each standard. Learning progressions are not individual, daily lessons; instead, they are the intermediate steps that students take to ensure they are
learning the concepts and skills in a logical manner. “…Learning Progressions detail the logical order of students’ learning, and teachers decide where to start and what to include, based on their knowledge of their students” (Teacher Clarity Playbook, pg 11).
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