Creating an Online Unit Plan
(covering material for 3 online lessons)
You are to develop a new Unit Plan from 1 of your "teacher certification subject areas" that includes at least 3 "online" lessons. Keep in mind that this Unit Plan will cover Portfolio Sections 2 - 6. Note you will not be preparing 3 complete lesson plans, rather you will create 1 completely-online lesson in Section 3. Note: This Unit Plan must be new work and not a copy of work done for other courses. Everything about this Unit Plan & the following sections 3-6 must be for online instruction. See Rubric for all Portfolio Sections. This unit plan will be posted on your website & you need to create a link from your homepage (index.html) to this page. You are to assume that your students cannot contact you any way except via email. Everything must be done completely online!
Required Components of your Unit Plan:
A. Unit Title & Subject Area – The theme of your unit
B. State Standard – That covers the learning objectives for this unit plan.
C. Grade Level – The grade in which the subject is taught
D. Unit Rationale – Provide a paragraph explanation where the value of the unit is presented.
E. Goals – These represent the major concepts that will be taught. It is expected that from each goal, several specific objectives could be pulled out. The goals will cover the entire unit whether it is 3 lessons or 8>. (Sometimes called long term objectives)
F. Objectives – These come from the goals and represent the objectives that would be included on all of the lesson plans for the unit. They are more specific than the goals. Objectives must measurable. (Short-term or immediate objectives)
G. Instructional Procedures – The main methods for teaching each goal. While not as detailed as the instructional procedures in a lesson plan, they should contain all key information. Example: discussion questions should be included, inquiry questions should be spotlighted, debate resolutions should be presented, role play dilemmas should be explained, etc.
H. List of Sources – All sources consulted in preparation of the unit should be listed. Note: multiple sources are expected.
I. List of Materials – List all materials needed to teach the unit that are not readily available to the teacher every day.
J. Three Lesson Plans – Select any three of your goals and develop a lesson plan for each one. Reveal the specific unit goal on each lesson plan by listing it as the Long-Range Goal.
K. Explanation of how the unit plan addresses a particular student profile. Demonstrate how your plan addresses the interests and needs of all the students listed on your hypothetical student profile. For instance, you have 3 new ESL students who come to your class & they do not speak English very well. How are you going to address their needs, as well as, your other students?
A newer Lesson Plan template being used by some of the local school districts.... it is not a "state" provided document.
Student Unit Plan Examples:
To see recently constructed student examples click on these links:
Your unit plan & lesson plan’s learning objectives should be aligned with the state Curriculum Guides. Look up the state of Tennessee Curriculum Guide number for the state standard under which your Learning Objectives fit. In your unit & lesson plan cite the actual state standard number for each objective.
To view the state standards by subject area click on the following site:
Extra Help & Resources
Unit Plans Instructions & Components
The instructions below from Dr. Terry Weeks provides the standard for Unit Planning for Educational Leadership Department. You must use the Unit Plan Components provided in Dr. Weeks instructions, regardless of your subject area. Keep in mind that all of these documents will go into your Online Portfolio that you are required to have for "Student Teaching."
The following sections on "Developing a Unit Plan" were written by Dr. Terry Weeks
Other Unit Planning Websites:
Using the Computer to Enhance Your Classroom Curriculum by Kathy Schrock
Here are several links to basic testing procedures:
Creating Good Teacher-Made Test How to get started in writing a good test.
Guidelines for Types of Tests Help for writing 5 different types of tests; Short Answer, True & False, Matching, Multiple Choice, & Essay.
Tips for Creating Good Tests 15 Tips from Dr. Jan Hayes about what to avoid in writing a teacher-made test.
For help in preparing this lesson plan and later as a classroom teacher:
And, of course, our own Virtual Planning Room, where you will find it all
How does all this fit together?
The one (1) lesson plan you will develop for Portfolio Section 3 must an "Online" Lesson. Every thing relating to this lesson must be placed on your website for your students to be able to access it from a remote location. Assume that you will not be available in person to answer their questions, give them a quiz, or provide re-enforcement. The testing and/or handout will be handled via the internet. You might want to read the instructions for Section 3 before starting this section. Note you must cite the state curriculum standard for your Unit & Lesson Plans, see links at the bottom of this page.
Also, as shown on the Demo Webpage, put a hyperlink to your Unit Plan on your homepage (index.html).
PE Teachers may choose a topic from Health that is appropriate for "online Learning."
Remember the student is to access your website, complete the assignment, send it to you electronically, & complete your quiz online.