I'm new to A to Z and I am loving it! It's great there's a resource for teachers, especially new teachers. Of course, throughout college, we had to create unit plans and lesson plans for everything we were to teach in our field placements. I will be completing my student teaching this upcoming semester and then begin looking for a middle school ELA position in Massachusetts. Thinking about unit planning and lesson planning is ALWAYS on my mind because I have no clue whether or not my future school district will have a curriculum map, lesson plan requirements, etc. I plan to create detailed unit plans; however, lesson planning for each class seems a bit much. What if a district does not have a curriculum map? Where would I even begin? Experienced teachers - how do you lesson and/or unit plan? Do you have your units and assignments created far in advance, or do plan for the following week once the week has ended? Of course, I understand that lessons might have to be moved forward or backwards depending on the class, but I am only talking about the planning part of this. I am curious as to whether or not I should plan one unit at a time throughout the school year (and have all the assignments I want to use created) or if I should have all my unit plans completed (even if I have to make modifications) before I begin teaching. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!