History 420 Lesson Plan Template
Directions: The lesson plans you construct for this class
must include all the elements listed below under the two categories: the planning stage and the lesson plan content.
The Planning Stage: You need to address the following while you are planning your lesson. Please note that you will only have to include this once at the beginning of the first day of your lesson.
Do not repeat it for each day of your lesson.
- Topic. What is the topic of your lesson?
- History Course Grade Level. Is this a world or U.S. history class and what is the grade level you are teaching?
- Themes. Which of your overall course themes for your history class
will be emphasized?
- Key Vocabulary/Academic language: What vocabulary words will be incorporated into your lesson? What academic language used by historians will be incorporated into your lesson (i.e., historical interpretation, primary documentation, historiography, critical analysis, etc.)?
- California Social Science Content Standards. Which of the grade-level appropriate
California History-Social Science Standards are addressed in your lesson?
- Learning Objectives. What "bottom line" ideas should students understand after this lesson is taught?
- Timeline. How does this lesson fit into a larger content unit? (If it is a two-day lesson contained within a larger 2-week unit on the Civil War, explain what will be taught the day before your lesson plan and the day after.)
- Interdisciplinary component. How and where will you use other disciplines in the lesson plan -
geography, music, art, literature, etc.?
- Methods. What methods that we have discussed in class will you use in this lesson? Note - you must use at least four methods.
The Lesson Plan Content and Instructional Strategy: Please address each of the following components. Please note that you will have to complete these steps for each of the 3-5 days of your lesson plan.
- Link to previous content. How will you link the focus and content of yesterday's lesson with the focus and content of today's lesson? In other words, how will you continue the story you are telling?
- Hooks. How will you introduce each day of the lesson in
a way that hooks student interest by making it interesting and relevant
to their lives?
- Transition: How will you connect each hook directly to the
daily lesson content?
- Lesson Content. What is the complete content of your lesson?
- Content - Outline the full
content of your lesson. This will include some lecture - but no more than 30 minutes per day.
- Class discussion - What analytical questions will you ask students during
the content lecture?
- Themes - How will you integrate the course theme(s) directly into the lesson content?
- Methods. What methods will you use to teach the content AND to assess how well they understood the content? You must use between 1-2 methods each day of the three days of your lesson. That means a total of between 4-6 methods for the three days.
- Conclusion. How will you conclude your lesson in a manner that emphasizes
the course theme(s) in today's lesson?
- Bibliography. What bibliographical resources did you use? Include a bibliography of all resources