URBS 4/581—Growing Up in Cities

Lesson Plan


A lesson plan is a roadmap for leading students through a learning experience. It is only the plan—how it gets implemented is another story—but it is at least a start in the reflective practice of teaching.


There is no single way to prepare and write a lesson plan. However, at a bare minimum, any lesson plan should include:

There usual are more sections than just these three, but they are a start. Be sure to consider the motivation and the characteristics of your intended students, address the range of learning styles and (if appropriate) the range of learning objectives (cognitive, affective, and skills).


For useful hints, you might look at


For examples of lesson plans focusing on city issues, you might look at the Minnesota City/County Management Association’s “Education Initiatives” website





2005 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 1 January 2006