The 7E Unit Plan for Conceptual Change


Learning Objectives

  • Construct a 7E model unit plan to address a misconception.


A unit plan is a series of lessons meant to cover a topic or concept. The unit can extend over only a few days or several weeks in a typical secondary classroom. A unit plan using the 7E model is no different in this regard. A good science unit plan, oftentimes, already has many of the components of the 7E model. An existing unit plan can often be improved by adding components that research has shown to be effective in the classroom. For example, teachers seldom forget the evaluation component of instruction, but overlook the extension of an idea. It is important to recognize these gaps in instruction and adapt unit plans to encompass all aspects of the 7E model to improve instruction. In this unit you will be bringing all that you've learning in the other units together in order to construct a unit plan.

Learning Activities

We must first begin by selecting an appropriate topic or concept for a unit plan. Any would suffice, but I would suggest one that you may be having particular trouble with or feel it is just time for a change. Recognize that this course is not meant to teach you how to write a unit plan, but adapt it to address misconceptions using the 7E model.

Activity 1: Picking the Unit and Analysis


  • Lay out the Unit Plan as it exists currently; materials and all.
  • Go through the unit and locate parts of the 7E model.

Activity 2: Misconceptions


  • Identify potential misconceptions.
  • Locate where misconceptions can be elicited during the unit.
  • Write questions, discussions, demonstrations, and activities into the lesson that allow students to express misconceptions.

Activity 3: Final Analysis


  • Construct lessons for any E of the 7E model that is missing.
    • Remember that you can use multiples of each; meaning the unit is not just 7 lessons.
  • Ensure that there is a process for instilling dissatisfaction. Often this is done in the Elicit and Engage sections.


In the discussion space reflect briefly on your thoughts before implementing your unit plan and then again after.

Use the questions below (which are also posted in the discussion space) to help your reflection.

  • How does the 7E model compare to other instructional models you have used?
  • Why might the 7E model be particularly useful in correcting misconceptions?
  • Do you think the 7E model is lacking in any way? If so, how?

When you've finished posting to the discussion page complete the course survey[1].

Come back to this space again to reflect on your unit. Consider the following when posting:

  • How did the implementation compare to your initial thoughts on your unit?
  • Would you adapt other units to the 7E model or focus on misconceptions in other ways?
  • How does this course compare to your experience with the 7E model?


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