As part of a Race to the Top proposal, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing 100+ Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)to help you use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (incorporating the Common Core State Standards). They span PreK-12 in English language arts, Mathematics, U.S. History/Social Studies, and Science and Technology Engineering.
Each unit identifies the standard(s) to be taught, big understandings, essential questions, a Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA), an outline of lessons, possible digital resources to use, and detailed lesson plans. As media partner for this project, WGBH in Boston will provide digital resources via PBS LearningMedia.
Units are posted on the ESE website at the link below. Many are in draft form and ready for a Try-Out phase. Follow these steps to access the MCUs for a 2-week period, after which you can continue to request access for an unlimited number of times.
2) Complete the short form. An access link will be sent to your email address.
3) Check your email inbox for a message from “ESE Administration”
4) Open the message and click the link to the website.
5) Select a unit of interest to you.
You can also visit www.mass.pbslearningmedia.org for updates on the units and links to thousands of free digital learning resources.