Diamonds of Alignment

When working with unit plans, we use a tool called the Diamonds of Alignment. It shows the relationship between Standards and the "Why" (Essential Questions and Big Ideas) and the Assessment of Standards. These 4 parts make up the first diamond. The second diamond, again addresses the Standards and Assessment, but here we connect them to the Content and Skills, or the "What".  Excellent internal alignment includes assessment or evidence of both diamonds.