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Understanding by Design/ Backwards Design Resources

Check out these websites for lots of ideas about Big Ideas and Essential Questions:


http://www.netvouz.com/jgordon/folder/273397921015293876/Curriculum+Development+Examples+of+Understandings+Big+Ideas+Many+with+Curr.+Dev.+Examples

http://tech.hcesc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Essential_Questions_Defined.pdf


http://iteach.community.uaf.edu/pedagogy/ubd/


http://onhandschools.com/docs/private/Curriculum/OHS_EssentialQuestions.pdf


http://www.nj.gov/education/aps/njscp/


http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=68997






This article includes many examples of Big Ideas, Enduring Understandings:



This article includes many examples of Essential Questions for Social Studies:






This Wiki offers lots of good suggestions for unwrapping the Standards and transforming them into Big Ideas and Essential Questions:

http://curriculumdesignproject.pbworks.com/w/page/15410124/Unwrapping%20the%20Standards


These websites about Essential Questions come highly recommended by Grant Wiggins on his website:

http://www.authenticeducation.org/index.lasso






Edge is a very cool a site, about cutting edge ideas and thinkers.
The second link takes you to the questions top thinkers were asking in their work a few years ago:
http://www.edge.org/questioncenter.html
http://www.edge.org/q2002/question.02_index.html

from Jamie McKenzie, an early proponent of working via questions:
http://questioning.org/mar05/essential.html

from From Now On FNO.ORG - A Questioning Toolkit:
http://www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit.html

from Horace (Coalition of Essential Schools) - an old article on my work for CES on essential questions:
http://www.essentialschools.org/resources/122

Dramatica is software to help novelists and screenplay writers. Here is a cool set of plot-writing questions:
http://www.dramatica.com/theory/essential_questions/twelve.html

from Richard Paul and the Critical Thinking Institute:
http://www.criticalthinking.org/files/SAM-Questions2005.pdf

Science Qs for Small Children
http://www.pnwboces.org/Science21/pdf/EssentialQuestions.pdf

An Essential Questions Resource Site, developed by a teacher:
http://www.ecarter.k12.mo.us/dept/elementary/fourthgrade/ccrites/essentialquestions.html

Advice to students on asking EQs in their research, from library media specialists:
http://www.whslibrary.com/askingessentialquestions.htm

NJ Standards Clarification Project - a rich resource
We helped design teams develop essential questions and understandings for all nine subject areas in NJ:
http://www.nj.gov/education/aps/njscp/

Delaware State Standards Clartification Project: we also helped Delaware conduct its own Standards project:
Social studies:
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/aab/social_studies/Social_Studies_standards_clarifications.shtml
Math:
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/staff/ci/DRC/pcs_MathClarification.pdf





District and School Essential Questions

Derry School: 150 math EQs
http://www.derry.k12.nh.us/dvs/staff/cmccallum/curricmap_essential.htm

Glastonbury, CT Foreign Language Dept EQs:
https://www.glastonburyus.org/CURRICULUM/FOREIGNLANGUAGE/FOREIGNLANGUAGECURRICULUM/ESSENTIALQUESTIONS/Pages/default.aspx

Grand Island, NE: K-12 EQs and EUs for most program areas
http://www.gips.org/learning/Curricular-Areas/social-studies/k-12-Curriculum-Framework
http://www.gips.org/learning/Curricular-Areas/mathematics/K-12-Curriculum-Framework
http://www.gips.org/assets/files/Learning/Curriculuar_Areas/LArts/K-12%20Curr%20Framework_LA%20NE%20STAN.pdf
http://www.gips.org/learning/Curricular-Areas/science/K-12-Curriculum-Framework
http://www.gips.org/assets/files/Learning/Curriculuar_Areas/VocalMusic/K-12%20Curr%20Fram_Gen%20Music.pdf

Greece ELA: great site, with rubrics, themes, and EQs for writing grades 6-12:
http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ela/6-12/Essential%20Questions/Index.htm

Key School, MD: EQs and EUs in Math
http://www.keyschool.org/documents/Concepts%20of%20Elementary%20Mathematics.pdf

Montgomery Cty, MD:
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/socialstd/curriculum.html
sample 1st and 8th grade units:
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/socialstd/files/1-1-understandings.pdf
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/socialstd/files/8-1-understandings.pdf

Simsbury CT: Teacher EQ Self-assessment Rubric
http://www.simsbury.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=1352