Based on a backwards design theory, this unit planner leads teachers step-by-step through a Common Core aligned unit writing process. The user begins by briefly describing the unit or lesson and then determining the standards through a series of Common Core aligned dropdown boxes. No need to look up the standards, they are in the document, every Common Core ELA/Literacy standard appropriate for the grade, separated by each of the domains: literary reading, informational reading, speaking & listening, writing, language, and foundational standards. All subcategories within each strand are listed in the dropdown boxes as well. The unit planner also cues the writer to address the essential aspects of a unit instruction. As the user enters data, the boxes increase in size to accommodate text. SPECIAL NOTE: Mac computers do not allow dropdown boxes in Word Forms to function.