Map of the Understanding Ideal

The Understanding map is both a visual and conceptual anchor for you and your students throughout the module. The map is generally introduced to students early in the unit and is referenced throughout.

The map consists of six areas or key moves for building understanding: consider different viewpoints, reason with evidence, make connections, describe what's there, build explanations, and capture the heart and form conclusions. These areas of thinking are specifically targeted for development in the module, and the Understanding Routines link to them.

A question that helps to make each of these areas more actionable is also included on the map. As a class, you may want to add to these initial questions as a way to develop additional prompts for students’ thinking.