15 Questions Gagne Might Ask When Evaluating a Lesson Plan

Robert Mills Gagne

With what seems like a million lesson plans available on the web, how do you pick out the good ones? If you search for “lesson plan evaluation” in Google, you will find rubrics and similar tools that can help with the process. What I have found, though, is that they don’t always address the events of instruction in enough detail. That’s where Gagne comes in. If you are not familiar with Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction, you can learn more about them here.

For this post, I asked myself, what kinds of questions would Gagne ask himself when looking at a lesson plan? Here is what I came up with:


On standards and objectives:
1. Is the overall goal of the lesson clearly stated, such as in an overview or description?
2. Are the objectives specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely (click here to learn more about writing learning objectives)?
3. Altogether, will the objectives help learners meet the overall goal?
4. Is the lesson aligned to multiple standards?

On instructional strategies:
5. Is a strategy included to gain learners’ attention?
6. How is prior knowledge stimulated?
7. Do the instructional activities adequately support the objectives?
8. Do the instructional materials provide additional guidance as needed?
9. Does the lesson incorporate opportunities for practice?
10. Does the lesson include a culminating activity?

On feedback and assessment:
11. Does the lesson provide frequent opportunity for feedback?
12. Are formative assessment measures aligned to objectives?
13. Are summative assessment measures aligned to objectives?
14. Does the summative assessment address the overall learning goal of the lesson?

15. How does the lesson connect to other lessons in the curriculum?

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