My current school adopted the Strategic Instructional Model by the University of Kansas. The following is an example of how I have implemented it in my classroom.
“Unit Organizer Front”
Included is vital vocabulary as well as a unit schedule. Students particularly enjoy the schedule as it includes important dates of projects and assessments.
“Unit Organizer Launch”
This is the first step in introducing the unit. With student involvement, we go through the Unit Organizer step by step; identifying key topics and color coding vocabulary and self test questions (indications of student knowledge).
On the reverse side is what is known as an “expanded map.” Here students apply their learned material with visuals and annotations.