Curtain and Dahlberg: Ch. 6, p. 149-183
Curriculum and instruction should be designed thematically. Once the theme is chosen, the lessons should be given a narrative structure or story-form. Story-form means that lessons should have a definite beginning, middle, and end. Prediction is a key skill in this type of instruction. A unit should also be working towards a genuine product. This chapter also stresses the importance of backward design (Wiggins and McTighe 2005). Backwards design begins by identifying the desired results, then determining acceptable evidence, then planning learning experiences. Themes should be chosen based on the interests of the students, cultural integration, relationship to goals, and importance and relevance to children's lives.