ENGL 3360 (Spring 2011)Lesson Plan Critique
Your task is to find a lesson plan onsome aspect of teaching writing that you might usein the context of a workshop. It can be anylength—a focus lesson to an entire unit—as long asit teaches writing as one of its central objectives.Then write a 3-page (750 words) evaluation of thatplan—discuss its strengths and weaknessesaccording to the criteria you have set up. You mayeven talk about how you would modify the lesson.The main goal of any evaluation essay is to prove that your assessment is valid.
Writing a critique:
Writing an evaluation or critique is probably nothingcompletely new to you, even if you’ve never done it for a lesson plan before. Thebasic idea behind any evaluation is the same: establish a set of criteria thatdemonstrates what a high quality example would be like, and then determine howyour particular example fits those qualities.In the case of evaluating a lesson plan, identify what makes a good lesson plan ingeneral and set it up for the reader. Don’t assume that you and the reader will usethe same criteria—show what you are basing your evaluation on. Then analyze thelesson plan you chose according to what you have set up. What qualities does ithave? What qualities are lacking? How could it be improved? What’s the final judgment—is this a lesson plan you can use in some way (or not)? Be sure to tellAND show—don’t just say the lesson plan is poorly timed (for example). Showexactly what is poorly timed and explain why it is a problem.You do not have to use the same evaluative criteria that we have discussed in class.Part of your job as writer is to explain what you think a good lesson plan forteaching writing is, based on what you’ve learned about good instructional practicefor writing in the course.
The assignment requires you to use three sources in addition to thelesson plan itself, one of which must be from outside course materials (you mayuse the textbooks or handouts for the other two, although all of them can be fromoutside the course if you wish). Here are some suggestions for finding and/or usingthis outside source:
Look up a journal article (using ERIC) on the specific subject of the lessonplan. For instance, if your lesson plan is on writing poetry, look up articles onhow to teach writing poetry. Use something from one of these articles to helpestablish criteria—you aren’t just judging a general lesson plan, but judgingwhether or not it effectively teaches the concept.
Consult sources (books, articles) on aspects of formal lesson plans. Forinstance, almost all lesson plans have objectives. Find out through your