Thursday, October 22, 2009

Library of Congress: Lesson Plan

In searching the Library of Congress online, I came across a lesson that looked interesting to me. It's title is: Around the World in 1896; and it is a lesson for grades 6 - 8. When I first looked at the lesson I kind of squirmed a bit because it is very intense. However after looking at the length and depth of the lesson, I scrolled back to the top to notice that this lesson is to take place over 3 weeks. Even though it is loaded with information, it still has the core components of a basic lesson. Standards set by the district, student objectives, some form of introduction (background) or engagement, an exploration activity, explanation, an extension to what was initially done, and an evaluation of what the student got out of the assignment.

Yet, because this is coming from the library of congress it also provided a bibliography of primary resources to pull information. In addition, each activity of each step had step-by-step direction of exactly what to do. With good reason, because everything needs to done online so it needs to be very detail oriented. Most regular classroom lesson plans would not this detailed, but I know that when I have a technological lesson and I project it so that all of the students can see I have to be just detailed. It cut down on confusion and it aids in having the students complete the task exactly the way it is supposed to be.

Another thing noticed about the lesson plan, which is good practice for anyone planning on using Internet sources for their student's assignments, is that they hyperlink all online resources exactly where the students are supposed to use it. This is something that I should have done in my Social Media lesson plan, it looks "cleaner" when you do it that way and it definitely leads to better student understanding.

Everyone should take a look at this site and notice the manner in which the lessons are developed. Even for everyday lessons this may be the key for better concept understanding. All the way down to the goals of the assignment which are listed at the end, in which you expect to meet. This gives me a new outlook on planning!



  1. I really like this lesson. I would agree that the information is really lengthy and would have to be carried out over a long period of time. I think that the lessons for this site are great.

  2. I think that planning this way might even be more effective than the day to day. If your goals are clear, then your days are cohesive. I might do my sample plan this way.

    Oh and P.S. some of this was what we said needed to happen in your lesson plan.

  3. I agree. The site can definitely be used for follow-up or reinforcement lessons on concepts that are difficult for students to understand. The site is certainly popular in our class.

  4. > Another thing noticed about the lesson plan…
    > is that they hyperlink all online resources
    > exactly where the students are supposed to
    > use it.

    I'm probably missing it, but was there a link with this post to the resource being discussed?