Unpacking Standards Gary Houchens/Tom Stewart The Protocol 1. Using the combined curriculum document, review the standard. – Locate one standard (all of the related Program of Studies Understandings, Program of Studies Skills and Concepts, and Core Content for Assessment). – Read this standard from top left to bottom right. 2. Identify distinct concepts. – Highlight common words or phrases that appear in two or more columns. – Highlight words or phrases that express the same idea as those you previously highlighted. – Give this concept a name. (It may already be named in the combined curriculum document.) – Identify in writing what students need to know about the named concept. 3. Transform the distinct concept into a learning target. – Look for a verb that will allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the concept. – Using that verb, articulate a learning target in student-friendly language that expresses the distinct concept. – Loop back to step 2, looking for other embedded concepts. *Repeat steps 2 and 3 until there are no more distinct concepts to identify. 4. Sequence the learning targets and examine interconnections to form a learning progression. 5. Check learning targets against the combined curriculum document, concluding with DOK. – Revise as necessary.