This template is the product of an initiative led by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Academic Standards, in partnership with the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD) and the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA). The project was undertaken with the assistance of New Jersey content area supervisors, curriculum coordinators, and teachers during spring-summer 2009. The goal of the project was to design exemplar unit plans and accompanying lesson plans aligned with the 2009 Core Curriculum Content Standards that may be used by districts as models for the development of local curricula.

    The Unit Overview Template, which follows, is a tool that can help districts define one unit plan of several that comprise a specific course in the curriculum for any content area. It is designed, once completed, to summarize the content and objectives for the unit, outline lessons and assessments that support the unit, and provide links to documents that facilitate delivery of the unit, such as student materials, background information, resources, and performance rubrics. To see how the units fit together in the design of a course, see the Curriculum Design Template included at the end of this document.

    Seven content area Unit Overviews were created as part of the project to serve as exemplar unit plans that are aligned with the 2009 Core Curriculum Content Standards and that assist in achieving the goal of engaging students, fostering achievement, and cultivating 21st century global skills. The units stress the integration of 21st century themes and skills, global perspectives, technology, and cross-curricular connections.

    We encourage districts to use the exemplars in conjunction with the curriculum development tools and templates that emanated from this project as models for teaching and learning based on the 2009 standards.




    Unit Overview Template

    Content Area:

    Unit Title:

    Target Course/Grade Level:

    Unit Summary



    Primary interdisciplinary connections:

    21st century themes:

    Unit Rationale


    Learning Targets



    Content Statements


    CPI #

     Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)















    Unit Essential Questions



    Unit Enduring Understandings



    Unit Learning Targets

    Students will ...



    Evidence of Learning

    Summative Assessment (X days)




    Equipment needed:

    Teacher Resources:


    Formative Assessments







    Lesson Plans



    Lesson 1

    Name of Lesson 1


    X hours/days

    Lesson 2

    Name of Lesson 2


    X hours/days

    Lesson 3

    Name of Lesson 3


    X hours/days

    Teacher Notes:



    Curriculum Development Resources

    Click the links below to access additional resources used to design this unit: