Writing a Lesson Plan
When writing a lesson plan you have to think of different things such as: How do I make this interesting for the students? You need to think about what learning differences they have because a good lesson plan is one that teaches all students not just the majority.
You have to take into consideration the time factor. You will only have a certain amount of time to teach that lesson. One also has to think about materials. You have to take into consideration, if your public school teacher, what standards you will have to cover in accordance to state guidelines. It is also helpful if it is a lesson plan that you can take across the curriculum and by that I mean if you can teach a lesson that will help them with another class that makes for a good lesson plan. The piece of lesson plan I use as an example below was for an language arts class that taught the students a lesson that would help them in writing a paper for history class.
Generally, there is an outline that I'd used when I would write one:
I would write the objective in bold and then I would write out my objective such as: This and is a language arts lesson
that will teach the students the difference between facts or opinions. They will then use this knowledge to write
term papers in history.
Then I would write standards or connections in bold and I would address what standards that this lesson plan would cover
in accordance to state guidelines.
Next, I would put procedures in one bold and I would write out what I would do in the lesson plan. For example, when teaching a
lesson on fact vs. opinion, I wrote this:
• Students will discuss the difference between a fact and an opinion. Let the students define the two terms. Let them
• Tell the students your definition. They should write it down. A fact is something that is a certainty and does not
change from person to person, or from place to place. Give your own example.
• Tell the students your definition of an opinion. They should write it down. An opinion is a belief or a person's
thoughts or feelings about something. Give your own example.
• Tell the students that to see if something is a fact, ask yourself, “Can this statement be proved?
• Tell the students that to check for opinions, ask yourself, “Does this tell a thought or feeling?”
“Would the statement be true all of the time?”
• Tell the students to look for clue words such as feel, believe, always, never, none, most, least, best, and
• Students will look at the sentences on the worksheet and they will decide whether they are facts or opinions. Tell
the students to talk with the student sitting next to them as to whether the sentences are facts or opinions.
• Go over sentences. I will have the sentences on a transparency.
A good lesson plan also has an assessment plan. This could come in the form of the rubric or an activity that would show you
if they had learned what you taught them such as: I will have the students make up their own fact or opinion and write it down. Have them share their facts and opinions with the class.
You can do a modification section when you have taught the lesson where you will note what needs to be changed for the next time you use this lesson plan.
There are many different kinds of lesson plans you just have to find the kind that teaches all of your students and allows them to be successful.