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There are generally three types of lesson plans that could be most aptly referred to as beginner, novice, and veteran.
As a new teacher (beginner) it is often necessary, as well as wise, to type out a minute-by-minute plan of your ENTIRE day. This includes warm-up exercises, objectives, lesson introductions, questions you plan to use to probe for higher-level thinking, notes on who you will group together, book names and page numbers of workbook pages, assessment, assignments, etc.
As a novice, you may be able to cut much of that material out, such as the timing. The plan might just contain objectives, book titles, and page numbers, and assignments. At this level, you should have already learned about how much time it takes your students to get things accomplished.
Do yourself an enormous favor: Create a blank template of a plan that works for you. Make sure it contains check-off boxes of standards. Leave phrases in the appropriate places, such as "The student will be able to..." It saves a great deal of time and if you are lucky enough to have you plans routinely reviewed, it will be easy for the reviewer to find what he/she is looking to find.
The veteran often uses a "block plan". This can either be notes about book titles and page numbers within a daily planner, or jotted on a period-by-period weekly printout.
We offer two types of high school lesson plans.
The Teacher's Pet Lesson Plan for Hamlet includes the following (5 week plan):
About the author
Reading Assignment Sheet
Study Questions (Short Answer)
Quiz/Study Questions (Multiple Choice)
Pre-reading Vocabulary Worksheets
Nonfiction Assignment Sheet
Oral Reading Evaluation Form
Writing Assignment 1
Writing Assignment 2
Writing Assignment 3
Writing Evaluation Form
Vocabulary Review Activities
Extra Writing Assignments/Discussion Questions
Unit Review Activities
Unit Tests Unit Resource Materials Vocabulary Resource Materials
The Prestwick House Teaching Unit for Hamlet includes the following:
Terms and Definitions
Study Guide Teacher's Copy (includes vocab and study questions)
Study Guide Student Copy
When I first started teaching, I found it very helpful to have everything written down - including what I wanted to say and the questions that I wanted to ask. I also had what I planned on doing detailed on a sheet to remind me what I was supposed to do. My plans generally included any vocabulary that I wanted to cover, a step by step description of what I wanted to accomplish (first, I will hand the student the worksheet on verbs, etc.), and how much time that I was going to give them to do seat work.
Now, I include just general information. I include things like chapter/section numbers, page numbers, question numbers, vocabulary that may be discussed and whether I discussed content with my students or they did it together. I put in basic information on test days (i.e. name of test).
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