Curriculum Design Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

This lesson looks at the concept of curriculum design and the key aspects needed to design a solid curriculum. It provides activities that allows students to create a real-world curriculum using backward design theory, developing a curriculum grid, developing big questions, and focusing on real student needs.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define and understand curriculum design
  • Develop a curriculum

Length of Lesson

1 to 2 hours


  • Play the video What is Curriculum Design.
  • Pause at 1:51, and discuss:
    • Do you think backward design makes sense when it comes to curriculum designing?
    • Are there instances in your life that you have used the theory of backward design? Explain.
    • Can you think of any type of curriculum that backward designing would not be effective?
  • Play the remainder of the video.
    • What is the planning grid?
    • What does it mean to differentiate the curriculum?
  • Continue onto the activities.

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