There are various types of lesson planning


a) Macro-lesson plans:

These are used in normal teaching. Duration of lesson plan is for 35-45 minutes.

b) Micro-lesson plans:

These are used in teacher training programmes, especially in micro-teaching duration is five to ten minutes.

c) Unwritten lesson plan:

In normal day to day teaching, unwritten lesson plans are used by the teachers to make teaching systematic and effective.


On the basis of objectives lesson plan may be of

  • Cognitive or knowledge based lesson plan. More emphasis is given on knowledge. These are used in the subjects like science, mathematics, social sciences.
  • Affective lesson plans: These lesson plans are to develop aesthetic abilities of the learners. These are used in the subjects like music art language etc.
  • Psychomotor lesson plan: These lesson plans help in developing skills and creative art. These are used in subjects like science, home science drawing etc.


The paradigm of lesson plans differs from country to country. Therefore two approaches to lesson planning are described below.

(a) American Approach:

It is a new approach. It’s main emphasis is given to learning objectives. Teacher activities should generate appropriate learning situations for bringing desirable changes in the learner’s behaviour. The teaching and learning is evaluated in terms of realization of objectives, through a criterion represent test. Intstructional procedures can be revised and improved on the basis of students’ performance.

(b) British Approach:

It is an old and traditional approach. Here main emphasis is on teacher and content presentation. Teacher is the authority. He has to manage teaching by planning, organizing leading and controlling. Students’ performance is evaluated by using standardized achievement tests. Sometimes, oral or objective type tests are also used for measuring students’ achievement.

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