Obviously, an effective teacher will plan for a whole phase or at least year to begin with. The best way to start the four step process to drawing up a lesson plan; would be to begin with a broad overview of the skills, knowledge and desired outcomes for each quarter of the academic year. One can simply plan to make a one page annual summary per subject to be taught. If you are planning for the years work in Language arts classes, for example, you could in your annual draft, plan to start the year with poetry, move onto the novel genre in the second semester, the drama genre in the third semester, and so on.
Step three of compiling a lesson plan must assist the home school teacher to envisage the lesson as a unit of time. Each lesson should in reality have an introduction with introductory activities such as questions posed verbally; followed by a body of the lesson with further activities and exercises. One should also always have a clear conclusion in mind, to summarize and tie up the new concepts covered for the student.
Although some teachers restrict themselves to following lesson plan templates provided by the Department of Education District office, a lesson plan should in reality be a personalized and user- friendly document. Lesson plans provide a planning tool for teachers, whether they are home-school or mainstream school teachers.