Posted: June 15th, 2021
Developing an Indepth Lesson Plan
Developing a lesson plan involves many decisions. Good teachers keep the following kinds of things in mind as they plan and guide their students’ learning. Following the format below, develop an indepth lesson plan. It is to be 6-10 pages, typed using 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with 1 inch margins.
I. Lesson Data
a. Lesson Title
b. Scripture Text (reference only, version)
c. Central Topic (three words or less)
d. Aim Statement (following the formula)
e. Memory Verse (written out with reference)
II. Lesson Assumptions
In this section you will identify what you know and assume about your students (target audience) and the classroom in which you will be teaching (this can be either a real situation or one that is hypothetical and created by your imagination—but think of a real situation in which you might teach your lesson). Include the following sections:
a. Teaching Context (Where are you teaching?)
Relevant information about the teaching context (e.g., weekend retreat, S.S. class, mid-week Bible study), kind of facilities and resources available (e.g., movable chairs or pews, available instructional equipment such as an overhead projector, chalk board, PowerPoint projection, atmosphere of the room), and any other relevant elements (e.g., time you will be meeting, room size and décor, will you have food there, etc.)
b. Student Demographics (Who are you teaching?)
Relevant information about your students (e.g., age range, ethnic heritage, gender, socioeconomic status, occupation, marital status, how many will be attending, Christian/non-Christians, involved/uninvolved in the church, etc.). Be specific give either numerical values or percentages for each category.
c. Major Assumptions (about our learners)
Major assumptions you are making about the entry characteristics of your students regarding the following areas (be specific, avoid general statements in this section):
1. Motivation of the learners
What you assume about their motivation and reasons for attending your teaching session.
2. Prior knowledge of the learners about the topic/Biblical text.
What you assume they already know about what you will be teaching them.
3. Distractions for the learners.
What you assume may distract, hinder, or prevent them from fully comprehending and applying the material you will be teaching.
III. Lesson Plan
a. Classroom Preparation
List the physical equipment, teaching materials, supplies and any room arrangement you will need in order to actually teach the lesson.
b. The Lesson
· Develop the lesson using HOOK, BOOK, LOOK, and TOOK as the major section headings.
· Clearly manuscript each section of the lesson in a conversational tone (contractions allowed) as you would teach it (however, that does excuse improper grammar). Write it in such a way thatsomeone else could actually use the plan in a teaching situation—similar to a Teacher’s Manual. Distinguish between dialogue with the learners and the directions given to the teacher.
· Identify the transitional statements between each section (HOOK to BOOK, BOOK to LOOK, LOOK to TOOK) by underlining them.
· If you use any group methods, explain how you will divide the groups and how you will appoint the group leader.
· Remember to incorporate the major concepts from the class (e.g. Learning Cycle, age level characteristics, creative use of learning activities, varying methods, etc.)
· Attach copies of any handouts, hard copies of any overhead transparencies, PowerPoint slide presentation, etc.
· Summarize the lesson on the worksheet and attach it to the lesson plan.
· Do not sermonize, but teach in such a way to provide maximum student involvement.
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