FORMATS AND ELEMENTS

Many different formats for lesson plans exist. Some teachers prefer one lesson plan format; others prefer a different one. That's fine. They reflect different purposes and styles.

After you become familiar with various formats and their elements, you can choose (or create) one that best fits your own teaching purposes and style.

Below you will see several examples of different lesson plan formats (just the "skeletons"). Look them over. See if you can pick out the elements common to many of them. Also, look for elements which may be unique to a particular format. Think why these elements may be useful.

LESSON PLAN

Objectives:

Materials needed:

Class activities: Warm-up/review Presentation Practice Application

Contingency plan:

Homework:

Evaluation:

LESSON PLAN

1. Introduction

2. Instruction

3. Practice (with feedback)

4. Review or Summary

5. Evaluation/Testing

LESSON PLAN

Objectives:

1) Warm-up/Review

2) Introduction to the New Lesson

3) Presentation

4) Practice

5) Evaluation

6) Application

LESSON PLAN

Content to be covered:

Objectives:
--language
--content areas
--thinking skills

Materials:

Activities:

Evaluation:

LESSON PLAN

Background information on class/students:

Objective(s):

Materials:

Pre-assessment:

Learning/Teaching activities (list steps and time required for each):

Contingency plan:

Evaluation of students:

Assignment:

Self-evaluation (by teacher):

LESSON PLAN

Topic of this lesson:

Objectives:

Materials needed:

Time
Business items (announcements):

Introduction/Review:

Teaching/Learning activities:

What were some of the elements common to most of the lesson plans that you saw? (Try to come up with at least five.)

Some of the common elements that we noticed were…

By now you may be wondering,

"But what do all these titles mean?""What are objectives, and what makes them effective?""What is pre-assessment, and how do I do it?""How are warm-up, presentation, practice, evaluation, and application different?"

Those are very important questions.

Here are some definitions, descriptions, explanations, and examples that may answer them and help you understand the different elements found in lesson plans.