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Purpose of a Lesson Plan ...

Updated March 19, 2005


   The lesson plans that YOU will developing in this class will be designed to communicate first and foremost to YOU as the teacher. They will be YOUR guide and map for organizing YOUR materials and YOURSELF for the purpose of helping YOUR students achieve YOUR intended learning outcomes. A GOOD LESSON PLAN contains a set of important elements that are descriptive of the process.   
                                                                                                    GENERAL INFORMATION:
   This is information that will describe and set the boundaries of the plan such as: 1).The grade level or levels; 2).The integrated or specific subject matter or theme (Art/LA, Art/Math, Art/Social Studies etc.); 3).The name of your lesson or unit; 4).The teacher(s) name; 5).The date taught/completed.
   Each of these headings should communicate: *Input, *Process, and *Output.

As an example:
*INPUT  This part refer to the physical materials being used, other information or resources that will be required by the process. Think about what it is you want the lesson to accomplish, and then the inputs are much easier to describe.

 EXAMPLES: 1.) State information about the students that are being taught the lesson. (eg. / age, grade level, prior knowledge needed, etc.); 2.) State the amount of time needed to assure learning; 3.) Describe the materials required and how they will be acquired and/or distributed; 4.) How will you extend the learning such as: artist residencies or special speakers, field trips, team-teaching with classroom teachers, etc.     

* PROCESS  This is what I call the “meat” of the lesson. It is the actual step by step plan. If you have thought about and described the inputs, creating the plan is much easier.

Ask yourself these questions: 1.) WHAT ARE THE INPUTS? The answer should be your content descriptions, your student characteristics, your list of materials needed, important vocabulary, your prerequisites, your time estimates, etc.; 2.) WHAT IS THE OUTPUT? This is what you want your students to learn; 3.) WHAT MUST I DO AS THE TEACHER? This is the list of instructional activities that you will do; 4.) WHAT WILL THE STUDENTS DO? This is a description of what the students will be doing during their studio time; 5.) HOW WILL THE LEARNING BE MEASURED? This is a description of the assessment procedure at the end of the lesson. 



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