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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sample Application of Writing a Backward Design Lesson Plan Which Includes the Individual Assessment Component

Step Five: Decide Upon What Assessment Tasks Individual Students Should Be Able to Do Which Demonstrate that He or She Truly Understands and Can Apply the Enduring Jewish Knowledge of the Lesson

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 into 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 fifth step specifies the assessment measures or tasks which demonstrate whether individual students truly understand and can apply the enduring Jewish knowledge (i.e. Hachnasat Orchim) of the lesson.

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, a set of essential questions, the evidence of understanding, the student skills and classroom activities and the assessment tasks are written.

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

On the next post we will discuss curriculum mapping.

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