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This lesson plan is designed to help teach students about different types of curriculum models. Students will apply what they learn about curriculum models and frameworks to write their own curriculum.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson about curriculum models, students will be able to:

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  • Summarize the components of curriculum models.
  • Differentiate between different curriculum models and frameworks.
  • Apply what they have learned when writing a curriculum plan.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards



Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.



Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Dice
  • Chart paper prepared (See Activity)
  • Copies of state math standards

Video & Discussion

  • Pass out Types of Curriculum Models for students to follow along while watching the video.
  • Watch the ‘What Are Curriculum Models?’ segment of the video.

    Pause to ask the following questions:

    • What is a curriculum model?
    • What types of things does a curriculum model address?
  • Watch the ‘Key Curriculum Components’ section of the video. Pause to discuss the following:
    • Describe the 5 components of curriculum models.
  • Watch the ‘Product and Process Models’ portion of the video. Pause to ask:
    • What is the difference between the product model and the process model?
  • Watch the ‘Curriculum Model Frameworks’ part of the video. Pause to discuss the following:
    • How is a discipline-centered framework different from an integrated framework?
    • Describe a spiral curriculum?
    • What are the similarities and differences in inquiry-based and experiential curriculum frameworks?
  • Watch the ‘Popular Curriculum Models’ segment of the video. Pause to discuss the following:
    • Describe the Tyler model.

    • Describe the Taba model.
  • Pass out the printable worksheet to students.
  • Have students complete the worksheet independently.

    Check answers together as a class.


Writing Curriculum Using a Model

Materials needed: copies of the lesson, pens, paper, dice, copies of state math standards, chart paper prepared as follows:

    • Tyler Model: Odd – Taba Model: Even
    • 1: Discipline-Centered, 2: Integrated, 3: Spiral, 4: Inquiry-based, 5: Experiential, 6: Roll again
  • Divide students into small groups. Provide each group with copies of the lesson, paper, and pens.
  • Have each group roll a die to determine which curriculum model they will use. Then have groups roll the die a second time to determine which framework they will use.
  • Have each group select a grade level and a state math standard that they will address.
  • Have each group write curriculum to meet the standard they have selected based on the model and framework they have been assigned.
  • Within the curriculum, students should describe the key curriculum components and whether they are using a product or a process model.
  • Have groups present their curriculum and rationale to the rest of the class.

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