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Writing Effective Lesson Plans

Presentation for ENG 105 Teacher-Orientation

Kris Benefield

on 26 February 2014

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Transcript of Writing Effective Lesson Plans

Form & Function
Writing Formal Lesson Plans
Units of Instruction & Individual Lessons
Lesson Planning
Before you begin lesson planning, try breaking up your semester into "units of instruction."
Units of Instruction
Individual lesson plans come together to make up your larger units. We are going to look at two types of lesson plans here:

1) A formal lesson plan

2) A working lesson plan
Individual Lesson Plans
Parts may include:
-Anticipatory Set
Parts of the Lesson
Read Write Think: http://www.readwritethink.org/
Lesson Planning Resources
Bloom's Taxonomy (and additional resources):

Setting Clear Objectives
Working Lesson Plan:


Purdue University: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
One of the easiest ways to break your teaching into units in ENG 105 is to organize those units around the culminating assessments (formal essays) in the curriculum.
For example, you could create a "Research" unit which might be composed of a research plan, annotated bibliography, prospectus, informational essay, and culminating persuasive essay.
Assessment-Based Units
For example...
Your instructor's manual and textbook are excellent resources for lesson/activity ideas, but there are many useful places to look for ideas and tips online as well:
Ithaca College Resources: http://www.ithaca.edu/wise/teaching_resources/
ProfHacker (from the Chronicle of Higher Education): http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/?eio=61142
Resources from Colorado State University: http://writing.colostate.edu/teaching.cfm
Formal Lesson Plans
Working Lesson Plans
Formal lesson plans are useful (and sometimes required) for...
Administrative review
Job applications
Complex lessons
Reflecting on and refining your teaching practice
Many teachers use minimal "working" lesson plans in class. These come in many forms, are often hand-written, and are much less detailed than formal lesson plans.
Formal Lesson Plan:

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