A well thought out Unit Plan can make all the difference when teaching a new subject to students. Creating an outline of your unit plan makes sure that you have a plan that includes your outcomes or essential questions, a summary, chapter list, assessments, tools and resources. Once you have completed the Unit Plan outline you can make chapter outlines.

Title the Unit Plan with a name that states the topic or theme of the entire unit.

Develop curriculum-framing questions. These are questions that you want students to be able to answer after they have completed all components of the unit. An essential question is one question that is the "big idea" of the whole unit. Unit questions are three to five questions that are components of the essential questions, but pertain to the whole unit, as well. Content questions are even more specific and ask questions about the content presented within the unit.

Include a unit summary that describes in one or two short paragraphs the content that is going to be presented in the unit.

List the national or state standards that the unit is going to address.

Break down the unit into small pieces, such as chapters. Write a short phrase that describes the content that will be taught in the smaller sections.

Make a list of the assessments that will be given during the unit and at the end of the unit. This can include assignments, journal entries, observations, quizzes and a unit test.

End the unit plan with a listing of the tools and resources that you will be using during the unit.


  • Curriculum-framing questions are also simply outcomes stated in question form.

  • If you have special education students, you should include modifications for them at the end of the unit plan.