1.2 Lesson plan publication standards
Content standards ensure that the plan is educationally sound, meets an established need, and can reasonably be implemented by North Carolina teachers.
- Consistency. Activities and assessments are consistent with the learning outcomes, and a means of assessment is provided for all stated learning outcomes.
- Curriculum alignment. The learning outcomes are consistent with goals of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
- Instructional approaches. The instructional approaches prescribed in the lesson plan are consistent with those recommended by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, with LEARN NC policy, or with current education research.
- Uniqueness. The lesson plan makes a unique contribution to the collection.
- Timeliness. The instructional value of the lesson plan extends beyond the duration of a specific event.
- Web links. Websites referenced from the plan are valid, credible, and provided by a reliable source. The author has provided titles and explained their use in the lesson. If intended for use by students, websites are developmentally appropriate. The lesson plan does not rely on external content for which a substitute cannot easily be found.
Developmental standards ensure that the plan is appropriate for the intended audience.
- Developmental appropriateness. The instruction does not place demands on learners inappropriate to their age, grade level, and/or developmental level.
- High standards for student achievement. The activities and assessment challenge learners beyond their current abilities and understanding.
- Safety. The lesson does not pose a physical danger to the teacher or students.
- Sensitivity. The lesson is not insensitive to differences in culture, race, or gender.
Implementation standards ensure that the plan can be successfully replicated as written.
- Clarity and detail. The lesson plan provides sufficiently clear and detailed instructions that a typical teacher can implement it without significant additional research or planning.
- Time. The lesson can be completed in the time indicated. Preparation and classroom time required is consistent with the demands of the curriculum and is justified by the learning outcomes.
- Copyright. If copyrighted material is included in the lesson plan or associated materials to be published, permission for use is documented.
- Associated materials. Materials meet all other relevant standards for lesson plans, including clarity, spelling and grammar, developmental appropriateness, and sensitivity.