One form of curriculum compacting for students involves allowing students to choose to be in a compacting group right from the start of a unit. Students are given approximately one week to study the current chapter, take notes, complete study guides and independent application activities. After this week, the students will take a unit test. If they score above a certain score, the students will go on to complete an independent project related to the unit topic. If not, they return to the regular, teacher-directed group.
This PowerPoint explains Curriculum Compacting to students. It is written for a science classroom and explains how it will work. It is a good overview to help students understand what curriculum compacting means and will look like for them in the classroom.