A former grad professor always closed his summer art education
seminars by saying "Don't teach something unless you know *WHY* you
are teaching it".
When I create plans,
*WHO* is my target age/grade
*WHY* is the Goals/Objectives
*WHAT* is the activity and outcome
*HOW* is specific directions on accomplishing the outcome (Just in
case a substitute has to read them)
*WHEN* is your class schedule and time alloted to the activity.
*EVALUATION* is the way in which the students and I will determine if
they understand *WHY* they did *WHAT* they did, and can get more
complicated with critique, etc.
If one looks at diverse lesson plan formats, I think you will find
these common components. Each teacher seems to develop their own style
of communicating this information, which is influenced by the school
expectations and the teacher's personality.
Hope this helps to analyze the lessons you are looking at.
Kayenta Intermediate School Art