Curriculum maps are the articulation of what is taught and learned in Duxbury classrooms. Maps are created in a simple format, providing a structured overview of the curriculum area. Each map shows the unit name, a description of the unit, the essential question(s) that guide instruction for the unit, concepts and skills to be learned in the unit, the corresponding Massachusetts frameworks, and some of the assessment possibilities that allow students to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills. Mastery of the content and skills are the result of the teaching and learning throughout the year. Some skills are developed over many months and are revisited numerous times in the year, while others are taught and learned in a relatively short period of time. Not all students in a grade or course will be exposed to the same material at exactly the same time. Teachers are encouraged to choose the methods of instruction that best suit the students in front of them and their own teaching style to meet these mastery goals.