When it comes to constructing your plan, think about what the goal of each lesson is. Write this down, detailing any skills you intend to teach and include a brief description of the activity you have planned. Depending on how quickly your class progresses you may find it easiest to create your lesson plans on a weekly basis, always with the overall goal in mind. You will have a certain amount of time to cover a set amount of material so constructing lesson plans can help to ensure everything is running smoothly and on time.
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.