SIX-POINT LESSON PLAN
1. Focus and Review
The teacher restates the learning mind-set from the previous instruction, linking it
to the new lesson. "You'll remember that yesterday we. . ."
Part of the planning; a statement of what the students will be able to do following
the lesson which they could not do before it
may or may not be stated to students; can be used as a key to student learning and
the basis of Hunter's "checks for understanding"
Incorporate the five higher order thinking skills in your sub-objectives: recall,
analysis, comparison, inference, evaluation.
Check the state's computer literacy curriculum strand for activities that support
your content area objectives.
Include resource materials and special preparations
3. Teacher Input
The direct instruction by the teacher; the new data which are given to the student
This step normally involves modeling or demonstrating by the teacher
New teachers need to plan this part very carefully
4. Guided Practice
The chance for the students to try to do what the teacher has tried to teach, as
doing math problems after the teacher has taught how to do them
During this step the teacher monitors and circulates, checking student
understanding and answering individual questions
5. Independent Practice
Students demonstrate independent mastery of the skill; ability to do the work
This step is frequently done as homework
A test or quiz may be a form of independent practice
The ending of the lesson, restating or practicing what was supposed to be learned
in the lesson
Often tied to the objectives as a final check for understanding
Determine the success of the lesson and your teaching.
Notes on lesson plans: Good lesson plans take time to develop, but they are essential to
success in teaching. There is a common misconception that all six steps in the lesson plan
must be included in each daily lesson, but this is simply not the case. In planning, think of
the best way to involve students in the lesson and in the sequence of learning something
new, then use the above steps as they aid the outlining of a learning plan.