This step of the conceptual unit development process involves the use of a critical content-concept web to begin thinking about the key content and skills that will comprise the unit.

Suggested Resources For Critical Content and and Skills

Blank Critical Content and Skills Template
Key Content and Skills Sample (AMH)

I. Key Content and Skills

Following the 12 step unit plan development process, we reach the point where we must decide what key content and skills will comprise the majority of our unit. This is where your previously completed critical content-concept web will be useful!

1 Example of a Concept - - Content Web for wiki pages .jpg

While the web provides an overview of concepts and content, we also must include the skills that students will learn and practice as part of your unit! The image below is an example of a content and skills graphic organizer that you might use in your planning!
critical content and skills.jpg

You can adapt the one above (linked for you at the top of this page) or create your own. Keep in mind that your goal is to cover the content and skills that will help students understand the generalizations and grasp the Essential Standard!

Think about the content and skills that you will use in your own unit. What are the most important? Why have you selected these?

When you are ready, move on to the next step in the process. You will return to this graphic organizer once you have contemplated the assessment approaches that you will be using.


Digital tools used during the course of this presentation have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing digital environment, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these tools are the exclusive digital tools for the purposes outlined during the presentation.

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