An Integrated Thematic Unit (ITU) not only connects different disciplines of learning, but the student activities require the use of different content areas to solve a problem or create a project.
An integrated thematic approach to learning avoids having subject areas taught in isolation.
Integrated Thematic Unit Example
Resources for Designing Integrated Thematic Units
- Kaye, Cathryn Berger. (2004 or 2011). A Complete Guide to Service Learning. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit.
- Roberts, P. & Kellough, R. (2004). A Complete Guide to Integrated Thematic Units. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Website designed by Anne René Elsbree, Ph.D., School of Education at California State University San Marcos
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• Avoid isolation
• Retain information
• Blends school/community
• Use school learning in life
• Other resources beyond text
• Integrate neglected disciplines
• Multiple perspectives
• Common Core Focused
• Design Time
• Group work
• District/State support
• Test Prep. Pressure
• Improvement grants
What differences do you see between the 3 different curriculum designs below?
1. Separate Subject Curriculum Design
2. Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design
3. Integrated Thematic Unit
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