Unit Planning and Tough Questions

Posted by Kara Parker on April 3, 2015 in 1 Planning, Family, Proficiency, Units

For most teachers, we have topics to cover and a curriculum to follow. I’ve always been a team player, but I like to put my own twist on it to connect with my students. In the next few posts, Megan and I want to share how we have changed up the “family” unit. Check out 10 tough questions I start with when planning.


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family Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, 2014


First the brainstorming… I started by looking at the goals that the district has set. Then I thought about my students and asked a lot of questions.

– What would they be interested in that comes from the target culture?

– Which families from the target cultures would be good to talk about?

– What authentic resources would support the goals?

– How can we connect with the community?

– Is there an organization we can help out?

– Are there any career connections?

– Who can come into class (or videochat) to give a first-hand connection? (preferably a native speaker)

– How are they using 21st Century skills? What “product” should they create?

– How will I keep it all in the target language?

– Can I connect with another content area teacher?

Just a little to think about, right?!

How do you start your planning process? Any other tough questions? 

4 comments for “Unit Planning and Tough Questions”

  1. Monica Angel says:

    Great work! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Kathy says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing how your planning process works and what comes out of it.

  3. Sara says:

    This is a great visual organizer. Do you have it available as a template to edit?

    1. Kara Parker says:

      Thanks Sara. It does catch the students’ attention. I don’t have this template though. It belongs to JCPS.

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