Scope and Sequence for the
Truth Ideal

How much time?

The Truth Module can take anywhere from 12-15 weeks to a whole year to complete. Except for introductory, middle, and closing activities, most of the learning of the Truth Module comes from integrating the Truth Ideal thinking routines with content learning. This means that little additional special instructional time is needed for the activities, though using them with depth may call for some additional planning time and classroom discussion.

You might introduce a new routine every week or two, using it several times while keeping already familiar routines alive too. No need, though, to hold back on a routine that might be helpful merely because you've just started another one: They are so easy to start you can just use what you need when you need it, and come back to it later for more. The main thing is to use routines several times a week to keep up the momentum and the learning.

What happens?

The Truth Module follows a loose sequence that can be varied and adapted to fit your situation. Some teachers have simply used the routines frequently. Many teachers have adopted a pattern that begins with introducing the ideal, continues with several weeks of working with the ideal, and concludes with reflective activities that both consolidate learning and assess students' progress. In outline:

Introducing the ideal to students

Week 1: Initial "Thinking about Thinking" activities (see Introducing the Ideal)

Week 2: Concept maps activity and introduction (see Introducing the Ideal)

General emphasis: Uncovering students' thinking about truth early on in the module. You'll want to learn what it is your students' bring to the discussions of truth and what they already think about the topic. You'll find they have a lot to say. During this initial phase you will also want to introduce students to the Map of the Truth Ideal. This map, like all maps of the Ideals, provides an anchor for the key thinking students will be doing throughout the module.

Working with the ideal

Weeks 3-7: Introduce and practice 2-4 routines (see the Routines and Working with the Ideal sections)

Week 8: Mid-point Reflection and discussion (see Working with the Ideal Section)

Weeks 9-14: Continue to introduce new routines and practice previous routines. Work on activities for helping student to spot occasions for truth. (See the Routines and Working with the Ideal sections)

General emphasis: Exploring, Reflecting, and Detecting. The truth routines help students to explore many issues within and outside the curriculum, improving students' skills with truth at the same time. You can look to your curricular content for truth topics to explore, use current event items, or find examples of truth dilemmas in the social dynamics of the classroom itself. Students gain awareness and control through reflecting regularly throughout the module. You can help students identify how their ideas about truth are changing. Two simple routines for this are "I used to think..., But now I think..." or Connect Back. Some activities develop students alertness to puzzles of truth as they arise. Ideas for all of this can be find in the Working with the Ideal section.

Looking at Students' Conceptual Development in the ideal

Week 15: Closing Activities and Assessments (See Looking at Students' Conceptual Development )

General emphasis: Reviewing and Assessing students' conceptual development. This is important for students themselves to do, to consolidate their insights and skills. And it's important for you, to assess what progress has been made. Some of the "uncovering" activities from the beginning can be done again here as points of comparison, for instance the concept map activity. See Looking at Students' Conceptual Development.