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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Developing a Lesson Plan

Effective teaching begins with effective planning.  A lesson plan provides instructors with a guide to a lesson.
This guide will enable the instructor to work toward achieving objectives for the lesson.

Introduction (15% of class time)

  • Provide an overview of the session (Agenda)
  • Make links to previous lessons
  • Discern the main point of the lesson
  • Identify the importance of the lesson to the overall learning goals of the course

Body (70% of class time)

  • Break the lesson into segments/different activities to assist you in making the point
  • Cue students that you are moving from one segment to the next
  • Clearly explain your rationale to students 

Conclusion (15% of class time)

  • Restate your main point
  • Show the links between the main point and ideas that you have covered in class
  • Link to the next session

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