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Lesson Planning Essentials

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and their district’s organized plan of instruction.
    • Element C: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.

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This resource features three publications that together provide teachers with a purposeful and concrete look at a critical component to student success - thoughtful lesson planning. Included in this resource are the following:

  1. Lesson Plans and Unit Plans: The Basis for Instruction - This chapter from the book The New Teacher's Companion describes the foundational elements of both lesson and unit planning. 
  2. Eight Questions for Better Lessons - This ASCD article prompts teachers to go beyond the basics of lesson planning and reflect on their planning process in an effort to refine even the best lesson plan. 
  3. 10 Great Lesson Planning Templates and Resources - this short blog from the Teaching Channel offers up 10 easy to use and high-quality lesson plan templates. 


Resource Links


Cunningham, G. (2009). Lesson Plans and Unit Plans: The Basis for Instruction. In The New Teacher's Companion. Retrieved from

Kriegel, O. (2016). Eight Questions for Better Lessons. Educational Leadership,74(2). Retrieved from

Jones, L. (2017). 10 great lesson planning templates and resources. [Web log post]. Retrieved from