The Cognitive Rigor Matrix superposes two of the most common tools used in K-12 education: Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge. This matrix has been adopted by numerous state departments of education and national organizations to evaluate the rigor of educational materials. The matrix also offers a powerful ability to help teachers plan and carry out standards-based lessons that best support student learning. This book, aimed at secondary school teachers of all subjects, provides a systematic means of leveraging the Rigor Cube to develop rigorous, standards-based lesson plans. The approach employed in this book includes the development of culminating activities for students to demonstrate their learning, identification of standards-based lesson content, selection of potentially effective instructional methods, and student questioning strategies. Special methods for supporting students who are deficient in their background knowledge without undermining the rigor of lessons are also included. Sample lessons are included that illustrate every step of the lesson planning process from start to finish. These sample lesson plans address state content standards related to the Common Core State Standards (both math and English language arts), Next Generation Science Standards, career-technical education standards, and art.
Chapter 1: Scope of the Lesson
Chapter 2: Crafting a Culminating Activity
Chapter 3: Identifying Lesson Content
Chapter 4: Selecting Instructional Methods
Chapter 5: Background Knowledge Barriers
Chapter 6: Developing Formative Assessments
Chapter 7: Vignette
Appendix A: Instructional Strategies
Appendix B : Templates
In collaboration with Squire, a high school educator, Walkup details how the Cognitive Rigor Matrix works in the culminating activity, scope, delivery, and formative assessment of lessons by providing the rationale, definition, steps, and sample lesson plans. One particularly novel discussion surrounds a strategy to accommodate background barriers of diverse learners while setting up all learners for success in state tests, referred to as subskill scaffolding. Walkup and Squire offer abundant tips and examples in a variety of subjects, including English, math, art, and engineering, as well as instructional strategies and templates in the appendix. This book makes an excellent reference for education professionals.