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How To Develop A Standards Based Unit Of Study 


The planning process for units of study described in this planning guide can be used to develop any unit of study regardless of grade level, content area, or level of integration.

Using this planning process leads to a focused unit that ties together curriculum, instruction and assessments and keeps the identified standards as the focus of instruction, student learning and assessment.

Appendix A illustrates how units of study fit into the big picture of curriculum instruction and assessment.

It represents a method of planning and delivery of instruction that ensures all students understand what they are asked to learn and why it is important to learn.

What is the rationale for a standards-based unit of study?

• Ensures instructional alignment with standards
• Makes sense to learners
• Links learning to living—provides relevance to students’ lives
• Promotes learners’ awareness of the “why” for learning
• Reflects efforts to design instruction best suited to individual learners
• Encourages unit designers to think carefully and independently about their work
• Makes the textbook a tool rather than the major force behind instruction


Sample Lesson Plan Templates

You will find sample lesson plan templates on the following pages. KDE does not recommend one lesson plan template over another, as this is a personal preference. However, lesson plan templates
should include the following components:

• Standards
• Essential Questions
• Assessment Plan
• Learning Targets
• Lesson Detail
• Strategies to address individual student needs
• Resources, media, technology
• Reflection


The following lesson plans contain the eight essential components of a lesson plan. The elements of each lesson plan have been color coded to correspond with the essential components as stated above.

Teachers may use these templates or variations thereof to meet their needs.

Sample Lesson Plan Template 1 

Lesson plan template 1 was developed by Kentucky Reading First State Coaches. The explicit lesson plan model is divided into five critical lesson plan elements for development.

Sample Lesson Plan Template 2

Lesson plan template 2 was developed by the Kentucky Teachers Network for Excellence in Civic Education and Engagement. Based on the work of Wiggins and McTighe (Understanding by Design) Stiggins (Assessment), and Tomlinson (Differentiated Instruction), this lesson plan template allows teachers to design detailed lesson plans that may be used by teachers across the Commonwealth.

Sample Lesson Plan Template 3 

Lesson plan template 3 was developed by the Kentucky Department of Education in cooperation with KET, and is the template used to design lessons for the Arts Toolkits.

The purpose for developing this template was provide a guide for teachers creating lessons for the Arts Toolkits in developing complete standards-based lessons, literacy activities, assessments, and cross content integration opportunities.

This template has been successfully applied in the creation of all of the four Arts Toolkits. 

Check it out !