Well structured secondary education plans typically begin with an outline of what the actual lesson is about. The basic information contained in the upper portion of secondary education plans includes aspects such as the mane of the unit, lesson, grade and the resources need to facilitate the lesson. It is important to note down what kind of skills the students are required in order for them to effectively undertake the stipulated course. Depending on the specified lesson plan, the students may need to have knowledge gained from prior lessons before they can commence.
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.
Once you know what work you will be covering in the semester which lies ahead, you can move to weekly and then daily planning. A lesson plan must be a tool to assist you to be thoroughly prepared for the lesson itself. You can decide to spend a week on one topic, for example, an introduction to sentence types; then your weekly plan will simply be further divided into daily objectives and activities.