Lesson Plans

To really learn a subject deeply, you need to be able to teach it to others. For each unit, one of your assignments is to prepare a written lesson plan (2-4 pages) for a 20-30 minute lesson on the unit. The audience is someone who has been through this course before, but needs a review of the material.

The lesson plan should start with the objectives (i.e., what should be true about a participant after the lesson). I strongly recommend that you include several illustrative examples or homework problems that you have worked out fully. You might also summarize important concepts, facts, and theorems, note shortcuts, include pictures that illustrate the main points, and anticipate questions that might be asked.

A lesson plan should cover all of the objectives listed at the start of the unit.

Your lesson plan must be your own work in your own words. You do not need to write down every word you would say. Take this assignment seriously—you will most likely see a direct correlation between how careful you are in your lesson plan and how well you learn the material.

You are expected to teach each 20-30 minute lesson to one of your classmates. You will know the material much better after presenting it to someone else, leading a discussion, and answering questions.


Each lesson plan is worth 10 points (so 60 points total), but I will be counting your total lesson plan score out of a maximum of 50 points. Effectively, this means that one lesson plan is dropped.

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