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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sample Application of Writing a Backward Design Lesson Plan on the Topic of Welcoming Guests

Step One: Decide on What Content or Enduring Jewish Knowledge to Teach

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to demonstrate how the five step process of Backward Design (*Wiggins & McTighe, 1998) can be incorporated in lesson planning.


We will create a lesson plan to welcome a student or co-teacher into the fifth grade day or supplemental school classroom of a mentor teacher.

According to the Backward Design framework of *Wiggins & McTighe the first step is to decide upon what (Jewish) content or knowledge is enduring.

At the top of this post you will find a sample backward design lesson plan template into which the enduring Jewish knowledge, Hachnasat Orchim, welcoming guests, is written.

*Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (1998). Understanding by Design. Alexandria, VA. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

On the next post we will include sample essential questions related to the concept of Hachnasat Orchim, welcoming guests.

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