Whether you are just enrolling in your first education course in college or stepping into the classroom as a teacher for the first time by yourself, looking for sample lesson plan formats is a smart way to get started.
Lesson plans are generally made up of a few different key parts. They can vary, which we will discuss later; however, here are the basic elements of a lesson plan:
At the top of the page, you should list the grade level and class name as well as the subject that you are teaching.
12th Grade Writing Course
Subject: Developing a Thesis
Creating a list of materials helps to keep you organized. However, when you taking a class yourself or when you have to present your lesson plans to a supervisor, this section also allows the supervisor or teacher to know that you are organized and you are preparing for your lessons beforehand.
plastic bags, strips of paper with literary evidence written on them, segment of a court case
After you write down the course basics, you need to include what you hope your students will learn. They must indicate action on the part of the student. Objectives are generally written as bullet points.
The teacher now writes down exactly what he or she will do, and how the students will engage in the activity. Procedures are written in numerical order.
3. Teacher distributes plastic bags marked as "Evidence A," "Evidence B," and "Evidence C" to small groups of students. The teacher asks students to work together to come up with a thesis based off of that evidence.
4. The small groups present their evidence, and then connect it to their thesis.
5. Wrap Up: The teacher asks the students the following questions:
So many different ways in which you could approach a lesson plan exist, leading to many options for lesson plan formats. A basic lesson plan format is included at the top of this article as a .pdf file for your use in creating your lesson plans.
The Internet is another good source for lesson plans for specific needs. Here are few good resources:
In addition to showing you how to construct a lesson plan, these different sources also give you ideas for creative activities in the classroom. If none of these plans suit you, consider checking with an adviser or supervisor for additional sample lesson plan formats and ideas.