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EDU650: Week 4 – Assignment

Week 4 – Assignment

Lesson Planning

[WLOs: 2, 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]

For this assignment, you will create a slide presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint or a presenting software of your choice.

Scenario: You have been asked by a colleague or administrator to support other educators in designing effective instruction. It has been observed that most of the educators have been planning instruction using a traditional model. You will be tasked with creating a presentation for your colleagues that explains the backward design model of designing instruction, to provide an overview and rationale of the process, to compare and contrast the two models (traditional vs. backward design), and finally to provide an example that other educators could use as a model for their own planning.


Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapters 9 and 10 of Teaching and Learning (Newman, 2019). Additionally, select and review one scholarly source to be used to complete this assignment. You can also review the recommended resources for additional support.


From your current or desired educational career (i.e., public or private, nonprofit or proprietary, military, corporate or other), reflect on the following as you consider your instructional management plan:

  • Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint or a presenting software of your choice.
  • Effective lesson design.
  • The similarities and differences between backward design and the traditional model for instructional planning.


The presentation will consist of three parts. Use the provided template to complete this assignment: Lesson Planning Week 4

Part 1: Effective Lesson Design and Backward Design (Number of slides: 6)

In this section of the presentation,

  • Describe the most important elements of effective lesson design.
  • Describe why learning objectives are critical to planning effective instruction.
  • Explain what makes a “good” learning objective.
    • In the explanation, be sure to discuss the importance of writing measurable learning objectives.
  • Explain the common pitfalls in planning effective lessons and how to avoid them.
  • Define the backward design model.

Part 2: Compare and Contrast Backward Design and the Traditional Model (Number of slides: 1)

  • Compare and contrast the backward design module to the traditional model of lesson planning.
    • Create a visual representation of your comparison of the two models.
    • The visual can be a chart, diagram, concept map, infographic, or something of your choosing.
    • You may use any tool to create your visual, such as Canva (Links to an external site.). You can choose between several types of graphics to create. The graphics can be downloaded as a PNG or JPEG. Both these formats can be uploaded into a PowerPoint.

Part 3: Backward Design Activity (Number of slides: 4)

In this section of your presentation,

  • Demonstrate the process of planning a brief lesson (not an entire unit) for any instruction of your choosing, through a backward-design approach.
  • Demonstrate in your example, the three stages of the backward design model in specific detail.
    • Stage One: Identify desired results
    • Stage Two: Assessment evidence
    • Stage Three: The learning activities

Presentation and Formatting Expectations

The Lesson Planning assignment

  • Must use the attached Week 4 template: Lesson Planning
  • Must be 11 slides in length (not including title and references slides) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford University Writing Center’s How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation (Links to an external site.)
  • Must include a separate title slide with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least one scholarly and/or credible source in addition to the Teaching and Learning (Newman, 2019) textbook (for a total of at least two cited references). You will use scholarly sources to support your view, your position. Doing this assists in supporting your point of view.
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Ashford University Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
  • Must include a separate references slide that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford University Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford University Writing Center for specifications.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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