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Using the PennSTAR Master Curriculum for Creating a Curriculum or IEP [Individualized Education Program]

©2000 G. Edwin Lint

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This product is an excellent tool for creating IEPs and curricula. It consists of the following components:

  • 16 Subject Areas
  • 105 Goal Areas under the Subject Areas
  • 4,830 Objectives under the Goal Areas
  • 2,719 Suggested Activities for achieving the objectives.

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[The Subject Area of the Sample is Reading. The sample consists of 219 Objectives and 322 Suggested Activities.]

Content Overview:

SUBJECT AREA ID CODES
(Alpha characters are used to sort Activities by Subject Areas)

SUBJECT AREA NAMES

Number of OBJECTIVES per Subject Area

Number of ACTIVITIES per Subject Area

A01

Self Help

242

89

B02

Perceptual Motor

284

176

C03

Language Development

235

280

D04

Social Skills

214

169

E05

Communication

297

173

F06

Visual/Sensory

458

55

G07

Reading

219

322

H08

Language Arts

249

296

J09

Math

289

330

K10

Social Studies

 244

91

L11

Science

153

170

M12

Health and Safety

68

17

N13

Arts

253

148

P14

Leisure Time

145

37

Q15

Life Skills

413

111

R16

Vocational Training

1,067

255

 

Totals

4,830

2,719

Organization of the Master Curriculum Files

Each of the objectives in the master curriculum  is identified with a 6-digit numeral.  The first two digits signify the Subject Area, from 0 to 16.  The third and fourth digits show the Goal Areas within the 16 Subject Areas.  The fifth and sixth digits represent the individual Objectives within the Goal Areas.  For example, the numeral 070222 indicates the following:

SUBJECT AREA
GOAL AREA
OBJECTIVE
07
22
22
ReadingVocabulary and Word AnalysisApplies knowledge of vowel patterns to word analysis

The Master Curriculum disk has 17 database files that contain objectives.  File 00 contains the complete master curriculum with all 16 Subject Areas, and all 103 Goal Areas within the various Subject Areas.  This master file is useful for doing word searches across the entire curriculum.  For example, if you ask your software to Find objectives, which contain the word computer, you'll get the 17 instances where computer appears in the text of an objective.

In addition to the 00 file that contains all objectives, there are 16 individual Objectives files, one for each of the 16 Subject Areas.

Here are the 103 Goal Area names with their ID numbers:

0100 Self Help
0101 Basic Eating
0102 Advanced Eating
0103 Drinking
0104 Toileting
0105 Dressing
0106 Grooming
0107 Assistive Devices

0200   Perceptual  Motor
0201 Basic Gross Motor
0202   Advanced Gross Motor
0203 Fine Motor
0204 Visual Perceptual Motor
0205 Sensory Awareness

0300   Language Development
0301 Early Language
0302 Language Syntax
0303 Language Content
0304 Receptive Language
0305   Expressive Language

0400 Social  Skills
0401 Self-related Behaviors
0402   Interpersonal Behaviors
0403 Task-related Behaviors

0500 Communications
0501 Non-verbal Communication
0502 Speechreading
0503 Amplification
0504 Multisound
0505 Articulation
0506 Fluency
0507 Voice
0508 Phonology
0509 Auditory Training
0510 Social Communication

0600 Visual/Sensory
0601Visual Awareness
0602 Low Vision
0604 Advanced Orientation and Mobility
0605 Touch Typing
0606 Braille Readiness
0607 Braille Reading and Writing
0608 Basic Special Equipment Utilization
0609 Advanced Special Equipment

0700 Reading
0702 Vocabulary and Word Analysis
0703 Comprehension and Appreciation
0704 Functional Reading
0705 Study and Reference Skills

0800   Language  Arts
0801 Language Arts Concepts and Processes
0802   Manuscript Writing
0803 Cursive Writing
0804 Spelling
0805 Grammar and Mechanics
0806   Composition and Writing
0807 Literature

0900 Math
0901 Math Readiness
0902 Basic Number Systems
0903 Advanced Number Systems
0904 Processes and Concepts
0905 Time
0906 Money
0907 Basic Measurement
0908 Advanced Measurement

1000 Social Studies
1001 Concepts and Processes in Social Studies
1002 Citizenship and Government
1003 Economics
1004 Geography, Maps, and Globes
1005 History
1006 Cultures

1100 Science
1101 Scientific Processes and Concepts
1102 Biological and Environmental Science
1103 Earth and Space Science
1104 Physical and Chemical Science

1200 Health  and  Safety
1201 Personal Welfare
1202 Family Living

1300 Arts
1301 Basic Music Activities
1302   Advanced Music Activities
1303 Art Activities
1304 Drama Activities
1305 Dance and Movement Activities

1400 Leisure Time
1401 Physical Activities
1402 Leisure Time

1500 Life  Skills
1501 Phone
1502 Mail
1503   Consumer Skills
1504 Public Dining
1505 Personal Mobility
1506 Cooking
1507 Home Maintenance
1508 Clothing Care
1509   Computer Applications

1600   Vocational
1601 Pre-Vocational Skills
1602 Work Habits And Attitudes
1603 Career Education
1604 Basic Tool Skills
1605 Power Tool Skills
1606   Construction Preparation
1607 Structure Assembly
1608 Exterior And Interior Construction

Vocational, Continued

1609 Blueprints And Specifications
1610 Food Service
1611 Food Preparation
1612 Domestic and Custodial Skills
1613   Manicuring and Cosmetology
1614   Cosmetology
1615 Office and Clerical
1616 Auto Mechanics
1617 Basic Welding
1618   Advanced Welding

ORGANIZATION OF THE ACTIVITIES FILES
There are 16 Activities files, one for each subject area.  There are four tab-separated fields for each activity.  Field 1 contains an ID consisting of an alpha character and up to three numeric places.  Field 2 contains the text of the activity.  Fields 3 and 4 are blanks that you can use for any purpose.

These files should not be imported into any database that does not allow an unlimited text field or only the first couple lines of the activity will appear; the rest will be truncated (omitted) by the software.  FileMaker Pro for Mac and Windows is a database program that will import the full text of all activities.

Activities files may be imported into a word processor program such as WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, or the word processor module of Microsoft Works or ClarisWorks.  Since the fields are tab-separated, WordPerfect and Microsoft Word will let you convert your activities file into a table consisting of rows and columns.  This table can then be sorted on individual columns by the contents of the cells in that column.

IMPORTING YOUR MASTER CURRICULUM AND ACTIVITIES FILES INTO DATABASE AND WORD PROCESSOR SOFTWARE

Objectives files may be imported into database or word processor applications.  The text field in the Activities files will be too large to import into most database applications, with the exception of FileMaker Pro.

Import suggestions.  Follow these steps:

1.         (a) Open your database or word processor application,

            (b) select the 3.5-inch drive,

            (c) select the type file (ASCII text) to be imported and scroll to the .txt extension;

            (d) make sure the folder you want is open.  All .txt filenames in that folder will be displayed.

2.         Check the enclosed list of filename(s) for the specific file(s) you wish to import.  On a Windows disk, the Objectives files and Activities files are in two directories with cryptic filenames of no more then 8 characters plus the .TXT extension.  The directories are named DOSOBJTS and DOSACTS. Mac files have plain English names and are in separate folders for Objectives and Activities..  Refer to the list of all file names for more information.
If you are using Microsoft Works DB, your file may open in the single record mode.  Pull down the View menu and select List.  Now you will see the objectives in a grid, one under the other.

3.         If you have difficulty importing your files, check your software's user manual.  Some manuals will call importable files text files; others will call them ASCII[3] files. 

4          If you are using FileMaker Pro to import your Activities files, follow these steps.

Open FileMaker Pro and create a new file.  This new file should have at least two fields.  Field 1 will receive the ID code, which begins with an alpha character.  Field 2 will contain the text of the activity.

Pull down File and select Import.  A progress graphic will show you how the import is coming along.

For additional information, consult the documentation that came with your software, as well as the computer specialist in your district or building.

If you still have trouble importing or using your new files, write me a note (edlint@diskbooks.org) and describe the problem.  Include the type computer you are using  (Mac, Windows).  Also, tell me the kind of software you are using, with version number.  I'll do my best to answer your questions and help you solve your problems.

USING PennSTAR HOME SchoolMaster CURRICULUM TO HELP YOU DEVELOP AN ENTIRE CURRICULUM OR AN INDIVIDUAL IEP

PennSTAR provides the raw material to develop an entire curriculum or an individual IEP [Individual Education Program]. Answers for two critical questions are provided:

a] What do I teach in the form of Objectives, and
b] How do I teach it, in the form of Activities. 

There is nothing automatic about the selection process. The closest PennSTAR will come to matching activities to objectives is the alphabetic coding of the Activities:  A through R , as assigned by the authors of the original activities.  For example, codes that begin with G are for Reading and Codes that begin with J are for math. [See list, above.] However, human skill is required to assign the most appropriate objectives and match activities to objectives.

When you're ready to develop a curriculum, or IEP, consider this sequence of events:

(a)    Identify the Objectives [in terms of skills, abilities, and knowledge] that this student will need in order to realize his/her major life goals, expressed as exit or transition outcomes. You’ll notice that PennSTAR Objectives always begin with a present tense verb:  Writes… Reads… Spells… Tells … Etc.

(b)   Link the selected objectives with Activities that are likely to assist students in achieving those objectives.

(c)    Select materials, methods, and other activities that are not listed in the Activities Files.  Examples:  Textbooks are considered materials, games are activities, and such things as token reinforcement are methods.

(d)   Use the materials, methods, and other activities that you feel are most likely to assist this student in achieve the selected Objectives.

(e)   Avoid using a material, method, or activity just because it is readily available, a personal favorite, relatively inexpensive, or listed in a written curriculum or textbook.  Make sure the materials, methods, and activities are the best available for helping the student achieve the selected Objective[s].

 

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  • 16 Subject Areas
  • 105 Goal Areas under the Subject Areas
  • 4,830 Objectives under the Goal Areas
  • 2,719 Suggested Activities for achieving the objectives.

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Using NotePad, WordPad, and Simple Text
If your windows computer has NotePad or WordPad, just double-click the file icon you want to open and it will be displayed on your screen.  Smaller files will open with NotePad; larger files will need WordPad.  Most newer windows computers have NotePad preinstalled.  You may not have WordPad unless you have Microsoft word installed on your hard drive.[Macintosh users may be able to open smaller files with Simple Text by double-clicking.]

If you do not have WordPad and the file is too large for NotePad, you will have to import the file into a regular word processor or database program such as Microsoft word.  Follow the instructions above to import a PennSTAR file into your program.