I spent the day assisting a group of elementary library media specialists from a local district. The librarians were charged with creating comprehensive curriculum maps that include Empire State Information Fluency benchmarks and are aligned to the ELA Common Core standards, AASL standards, and EngageNY K-2 Domains/3-5 Modules. In short, no easy task. The journey began with a considerable amount of understandable stress brought on by concern over time restraints and scheduling. By the end of the day, we were able to achieve a workable skeleton map (with Kindergarten and 5th grade fleshed out)–and more importantly, a sense of relief for the coming year. The hits keep coming for teachers across the board, so anything that helps alleviate that panic is a win in my book.
If you are approaching curriculum mapping, and feeling that same oh-my-goodness-how-will-I-ever-do-all-this?! feeling, perhaps our approach will help:
1. We started by looking over some curriculum documents on EngageNY. Most helpful were the K-2 overviews of domain themes, and the 3-5 curriculum maps.
An important note: we found discrepancies between the K-2 curriculum map overview that prefaces the Kindergarten ELA Curriculum Map and the topics found on the links above; we opted to use the above resources as they were created on a more recent date.
You can find our compiled EngageNY K-5 themes by grade here: EngageNY K-5 Themes (Updated 2/2014)
2. We aligned the domains/modules by distributing them across months, September – June. This may vary by individual school districts/buildings, depending on if your district is planning to adapt, adopt or ignore the domains/modules–and the timeline may not be perfect, but it’s a great starting point. From there, we looked at existing library curriculum, preserved what made sense to keep and revised for better alignment (for example: Kindergarten Domain 3, “Stories” was matched with library instruction around authors, illustrators, and story elements)
3. We looked back through the newly aligned domains/modules and library instruction, and inserted Empire State Information Fluency Continuum Priority Benchmarks where they made the most logical sense (using the Kindergarten example above, we added the ESIFC Priority Benchmark “K.2 Understands the Basic Organizational Structure of Books”. Happily, these already have aligned assessments, so that piece was an easy fit into the overall map.
4. Once these pieces were in place, we could flesh out the essential questions and standards. If we wanted to get really crazy, we could insert resources into the map as well.
To access the mapping template we used, click here: Curriculum Map template This is adapted from Curriculum Mapper, so if you have existing maps from this program, it’s very easy to copy/paste across the columns and edit accordingly.
Are you tasked with curriculum mapping? What’s your approach?