How to Write Effective Lesson Plans

Simple Tricks to Write Effective Lessons

 What is a lesson plan? What should it look like? What are the components? Lesson plans are the meat and potatoes in your teaching career. They are the essentially the most important thing to get right. Whether you are writing them for your administrator, college supervisor, or for your students, it's important to write them clear, and make them effective. Here are a few resources to help you.

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A lesson plan is a detailed guide for teaching a lesson. It's a step-by-step guide that outlines the teacher's objectives for what the students will accomplish that day. Creating a lesson plan involves setting goals, developing activities, and determining the materials that will be used. Here you will learn the benefits, components, and how to write one effectively. More »

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Each lesson plan should contain eight components. These components are: Objectives and Goals, Anticipatory Set ,Direct Instruction, Guided Practice, Closure, Independent Practice, Required Materials and Equipment, and Assessment and Follow-Up. Here you will learn about each of these essential components. More »

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Here you will find a printable blank 8-step lesson plan template. This template can be used for essentially any lesson plan. For detailed instructions on each component please refer to the article entitled, "Top 9 Components of a Well-Written Lesson Plan." More »

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Lesson plans help teachers organize their objectives and goals into an easy to read format. Some teachers feel comfortable using a basic lesson plan template for all subjects, while others prefer a template that is structured to the specific subject they are teaching. This language arts (reading) template provides ten essential components for creating a flawless lesson plan. The components are as follows: Materials and Resources Needed, Reading Strategies Used, Overview and Purpose,Educational Standards,Objectives and Goals,Anticipatory Set,Information and Instruction,Closure,Independent Activity,Verification and Assessment. More »

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What does a great lesson plan look like? Better yet, what does an effective lesson plan look like from an outsiders perspective? When delivering an effective lesson plan there are numerous characteristics that the lesson must contain. Here you will learn six tips that will help you create the perfect lesson plan. More »

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 A Thematic unit is the organization of a curriculum around a central theme. In other words it's a series of lessons that integrate subjects across the curriculum, such as math, reading, social studies, science, language arts, etc. that all tie into the main theme of the unit. Each activity should have a main focus toward the thematic idea. A thematic unit is much broader than just choosing a topic. Here you will learn why you should use them, the key components, and tips for creating them. More »

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 Lessons do not have to last 30-45 minutes in order for students to fully grasp a concept. By providing a short lesson, or a mini-lesson students can learn a concept in as little as 15 minutes. Here you will find a mini lesson plan template that you can use for your writer's workshop. This printable lesson plan template contains eight key components. More »