Planning a Lesson on the Political Spectrum

You are tasked with planning -and then teaching- your first lesson plan and it is to be a 15-minute lesson on the political spectrum. The main focus is NOT so much on the ‘what’ (the content), but rather the focus and purpose is on the ‘how’, the process of developing and executing a lesson plan. Thus, we won’t fixate on the content knowledge, but rather concern ourselves with the procedures of pedagogy. Your lesson plan must include:
1. RATIONALE
2. PRACTICAL GOALS/OUTCOMES
3. CONTENT STANDARDS MET
4. SPECIFIC PROCEDURES
5. ASSESSMENT

Feel free to utilize this Common Teaching Strategies document. For starting places with content, because we don’t have a physical textbook, you can use the “Political Considerations” post (from below) to give you information.

(Quick) Timeline: in our PLC’s, we will plan a bit in class on Wednesday, and then teach a draft version of the lesson on Thursday… That means you will have some work to do if you’re going to make a slide show, bring in props, or develop another activity.

DO THIS!

  • Fill out an index card w/feedback for each person’s lesson & pass it off to them.
  • Post your revised lesson plan, after getting feedback from peers, to your personal site by class on Monday!
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Author: Justin Detmers

Instructor & PhD Candidate in Teacher Education Michigan State University detmersj@msu.edu

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