Overview

In this part of the session, the participant will review the most important pieces to include as a lesson plan is drawn out of a conceptual unit. The participant will also review a sample lesson plan template and identify on a given lesson plan the elements that are included.

Objectives

The learning objectives associated with this part of the session are:
9. Derive a quality lesson plan from a conceptually-based unit plan.
11. Apply the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards in the Social Studies classroom.

Aligned North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
Standards I - Teachers demonstrate leadership.
Standards III - Teachers know the content they teach.
Standards IV - Teacher facilitate learning for their students.
Standards V - Teachers reflect on their teaching.

Learning Targets

After this part of the session, participants will be able to do the following statements:
  • I can identify the elements that must be included in any lesson plan



I. From Unit to Lesson

Once you have crafted a quality conceptual unit, it is time for you to think about what lessons you will develop to actually teach that unit! What will your instruction look like? How will you take the content, concepts, and skills that encompass your unit and work them into a lesson plan? Keep in mind, too, that an effective and quality unit will always be more than one lesson, and lesson plans can certainly be crafted that cover more than one day!

Take a few minutes in your small table groups and brainstorm what you think will need to be included in a quality lesson plan? How can all the work that you have done on your unit so far help you determine what should be in your lesson plan(s)?


II. What Should Be In It?

So what are some things that you came up with? How can the unit plan make it easier to develop a lesson? No doubt we came up with some very similar answers! One thing to keep in mind is that there is no one right format or style for crafting a lesson plan. Even among your facilitators, there are different approaches. Some may prefer a narrative lesson plan, with scripted sections and detailed, step-by-step breakdowns of what is being done. Others may prefer a graphic organizer approach, with each element broken up into boxes. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide how you wish to approach it. The only caveat concerning style and format is that you should keep in mind the expectations of your school or district. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction DOES NOT require one specific format, style, or type of lesson plan!


While format and style may be flexible, there ARE certain non-negotiables that should be included in your lesson plan. Take a few minutes with your table groups and review the non-negotiables checklist that we have provided for you here. How do these non-negotiables compare to what you came up with earlier?

It should be clear examining the checklist that your unit plan can really help in 'filling in the blanks' of a lesson plan. If you are struggling with how to turn the checklist into a lesson plan, we have provided a lesson plan template for you here. Again, note that the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction DOES NOT require one specific format, style, or type of lesson plan. Your school or district may require a specific approach, however. Whatever method is chosen, don't forget to include the non-negotiables from the checklist!

III. From Unit to Lesson!

You have explored the different elements of the unit plan, and hopefully gained an understanding of what must be included inside of a quality conceptual unit. You have also looked at the components of a lesson plan. Now, open up the sample lesson plan, with all elements identified, provided for you here and compare it with the unit plan that it is based on. Look for how the lesson is derived from the unit plan. How does having a clearly defined and outlined unit plan make the lesson planning easier?

IV. Crafting a lesson

You have explored the different elements of the unit plan, and hopefully gained an understanding of what must be included inside of a quality conceptual unit. You have also looked at the components of a lesson plan. Now, using your own units, start planning out a lesson that is derived from your unit!

Disclaimer
Digital tools used during the course of this presentation have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing digital environment, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these tools are the exclusive digital tools for the purposes outlined during the presentation.

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