Top 10 Components of a Language Arts Lesson Plan

Lesson plans help teachers organize their objectives and goals into a simple 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 that they are teaching.

This language arts (reading) template provides ten essential components for creating a flawless lesson plan. Use this blank reading lesson plan template for all of your language arts lessons.

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Materials and Resources

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In this section, you can list the materials needed to achieve the lesson's objectives. This can include supplies such (books, videos, worksheets, etc.)  technology (apps, devices, etc.) and anything else that you may need to acquire before the lesson. 

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Reading Strategies Used

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When writing your language arts lesson plan, you can use this section to explain what reading strategies the students will be using. Will students be retelling a story they have just read, or will they be predicting or visualizing? 

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Overview and Purpose

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Here, you will outline what the students will learn and how it will benefit them. What is the main purpose of the activity? Describe the actions the students will take. For example: the students will first read a book to gain an understanding of the given topic, then they will write a short essay on the topic providing specific details that were found in the book.

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Educational Standards

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This lesson's educational standards must be clearly defined according to the state/county. Will it be reading,writing, listening, speaking?

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Objectives and Goals

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This is where you specify the skills and information that you expect the students to learn during the lesson. Will students read for information or will they create a poem using their spelling words? 

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Anticipatory Set

Here you will briefly discuss what you will be teaching in the lesson before direct instruction. "Close your eyes and visualize what I am about to say".

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Information and Instruction

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In this section, you can provide or demonstrate the specific information  you will need to instruct the language arts lesson. Will you use a chart or use a video? Or, will you have students work on a worksheet or draw a diagram?

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Closure

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In this section, provide details on how you will conclude the lesson. Will students retell the story by what they drew in a picture or will you display their drawing for all to see out in the hallway? 

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Independent Activity

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Describe the independent activity or homework lesson that is assigned to help reinforce the concept that was taught. How will this activity reinforce the lesson? Will you have students write an essay in class or will you give them homework?

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Verification and Assessment

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In the verification and assessment section, provide the steps that are necessary to check for student understanding. This means the learning objectives must be assessed. This can be done with a rubric or a test or a quiz. It can also be done written assignment or any other method that works for you.