If you’ve ever taken on the task of developing and writing curriculum, you know that it is an all-consuming process. Sunday is always coming, so the right content has to be ready.
One of the most important things that we do every week is communicate a message. Not just any message—but a powerful message that has the potential to change lives.
A Whole Mess of Creative Ideas!
Here is a broad outline of our process for creating content:
Scope and Sequence
This step is the most important stage of the process. Everything flows from the decisions made when you outline the direction for your content. We have a consistent meeting with a few directors. We have roughed out the next three years. The next year is planned in more firm detail. We work about three-to-four months out on a firm outline.
Scope & Sequence Creative Board
Brainstorming with Writers
Three months in advance we meet with the writers of the material and brainstorm the creative direction for both large group material and small group material. We ask the writers to come to this meeting with ideas. This meeting is where we give our writers specific direction.
November Creative Ideas
Two months before it is due, a small team reads through everything. We read it aloud from the opening activity to large group and small group. Hearing it helps us make sure that all of the pieces connect and flow well together, as well as allowing us to tweak wording. At this phase, if there is a major re-write, it goes back to the writer. If there is a minor re-write, we do it.
A few days after the first read-through, each section goes to the specific team that works with it. The large group directors get all of the large group scripts. These teams read, make small changes, and begin to talk through the logistics of this month to see, for example, if a large prop is needed or if we need to create a video piece. Small group teams read to make sure instructions are clear and decide what supplies need to be ordered.
Finally a team edits the material checking for clear directions, good sentence structure, and grammatical errors. They are also making sure that we didn’t omit anything and that it is simple and easy for our volunteers to use.
Do you write your own curriculum?