Madeline Hunter’s Lesson Plan Format
Step 1: Review — Typically at the beginning of the lesson, review previous material that is relevant to this lesson
Step 2: Anticipatory Set — Getting students to focus their attention on the material to be presented — getting them interested or prepared for what they are about to learn
Step 3: Objective — State the objective for the lesson
Step 4: Input and Modeling — Presenting new information to students, modeling where appropriate as one form of instruction
Checking for understanding
Step 5: Checking Understanding — Determining whether or not students are making sense of the material as the material is being presented
Step 6: Guided Practice — Immediately after instruction students are given the opportunity to apply or practice what they have just learned and receive immediate feedback.
How are checking understanding and guided practice different? Checking understanding occurs in the process of instruction. Guided practice takes place just after instruction has occurred. Checking for understanding is often a whole-class process by observing body language or asking a simple question to the whole class. Guided practice may be done individually. Both involve quickly assessing whether students understand what has just been presented.
Step 7: Independent Practice — After students appear to understand the new material they are given the opportunity to further apply or practice using the new information. This may occur in class or as homework, but there should be a
short period of time between instruction and practice and between practice and feedback.