The craft of writing is notoriously difficult. Like any art, it requires creativity, spontaneity, and discipline. For this reason, many writing teachers doubt the integrity of writing lesson plans, claiming that they would stifle any narrative drive their students might have. However, structure is important in any class, and it is important to maintain a sense of routine, even when tackling something as unpredictable and mutable as a writing class. Here are a few ways writing lesson plans can benefit you.
Once you have finished your plans, you will find that your class runs much smoother than it would without it. For example, your students will enjoy the luxury of the daily routine and the security of knowing that their teacher will know exactly what the plan is on a day to day basis. Should a delay occur, such as a classroom discussion tangent or a school cancellation, you will nevertheless have enough time to reschedule various events. Writing plans are also useful in that if you plan to take any field trips, you will be able to prepare for these events ahead of time.