Plan well organised lessons using a standard lesson plan format

The Lesson Plan Format template in MS Word will download as a ZIP file. Simply click on the image below to download your copy.

Lesson Plan Format in MS Word

Alternatively, if you do not have MS Word view a Printable Lesson Plan Template in PDF format.

About the Lesson Plan Template

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Microsoft Word Document Template (.dot)

Microsoft Office Word 2003 or later

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If you have not used a lesson plan template before to help you plan your lessons consistently, then you may not have been working as efficiently as you possibly could do.

This blank lesson plan format template can be used by anyone who has Microsoft Word 2003 or later installed on a PC.

Most home and business users, including teachers, trainers and instructors, have access to a version of Microsoft Word. It is probably one of the most frequently used desktop applications for producing letters, forms and other types of written documents, including lesson plans.

Make sure that you save your template somewhere safe.

Using the Lesson Plan Format template

When you open the Microsoft Word template file it will open as a new document ready to be used. This will happen each time that you open it.

The document has been protected to only allow the user to complete the grey boxes. These grey boxes are known as Form Fields. You can tab from one form field to the next or use your mouse to navigate between them.

You will not be able to amend any other part of the document unless you unprotect the document first. To find out more about amending my Microsoft Word Templates click here.

Simply enter the relevant lesson information into each form field.

I recommend that you give your completed lesson plan a unique Lesson Plan reference. This will help you locate and identify it again in the future.

If the lesson plan is going to make up part of a course or module, then enter a Course Reference that uniquely identifies the course. If it can be used as part of more than one course, simply hit return after entering the first course reference and the Course Reference box will expand to allow entry of further references. Click here to find out more about Course Planning.

A diligently completed lesson plan format not only helps prepare for a single lesson, it can be used again and again in the future. It can detail everything required to help deliver a quality lesson.

It is an invaluable aid. Why reinvent the wheel each time the same subject or activity is delivered? Use my lesson plan format template to get started. I provide the template. You provide the knowledge and content.

Review your lesson plan. You may be able to improve it.

You may want to tweak it here and there to fit the level of your students better.

You may want to amend the task and activity timings to better fit into a lesson duration.

You may want to review the overall lesson objective.

But now you have a well organised, completed and detailed lesson plan, planning for future lessons just got a whole lot easier.

If you cannot go to a lesson due to illness etc. but you do not want the class to be cancelled, you could give a copy of the relevant lesson plan to a substitute teacher, trainer or instructor, if one is available. This ensures that your students are disturbed as little as possible and that continuity from one class to the next is maintained, something that your students will recognise and appreciate - especially if they are paying customers!

Saving a Completed Lesson Plan

OK so you have completed your lesson plan. You now have two things to think about;

1. where you are going to save it

2. what name will you save it as

You want to ensure that you save it in a safe place and somewhere that makes logical sense. If the lesson plan forms part of a course or module then it makes sense that you save this lesson plan with all other related lesson plans.

At this stage you will want to put some thought into what name you will give the file. Here's where that unique Lesson Plan Reference I suggested comes into use. If you begin the file name with the Lesson Plan Reference, followed by a hyphen and the Lesson Title, when you view the files saved in a folder directory they will be well organised and easy to locate.

To use a real example, as part of one of my previous jobs in a law firm, I designed training courses and materials and delivered lessons to staff on how to use the companies case management system. I knew the system well as I had designed and built the work flows and business rules within it. I really had to deliver the training in bite sized chunks as it could be quite intimidating for staff (my students) who had not used this type of case management system before.

When planning the training sessions I of course used my lesson plan format template to ensure that I planned my lessons well and consistently. I created a number of folders into which I would save the completed lesson plans. I soon realised that if I named the files logically and clearly I could get them to appear in the folder directories in the order that I would more than likely be using them.

The Lesson Plan Reference was key in helping me to do this.

If I defined Lesson Plan references that were logical and sequential, entering them as the first part of the file name when saving the lesson plan and then entering the lesson title afterwards, I would always be able to find the lesson plan easily and quickly.


When viewing the files saved within a folder directory organize the folders contents by List.

The files contained within the folder will be displayed as a vertical list ordered alphabetically and numerically by their file name.

The list can be displayed with the file names displayed ascending or descending.

It's much easier to see what files you have in a directory when viewed as a vertical list rather than looking at several file icons running across a screen.

Changes to the Lesson Plan Format template

In the footer of the lesson plan format template the following document information can be found;

  • the file name
  • the date it was last amended
  • who it was last amended by
  • the publisher -

If the blank lesson plan template is amended at any time the document information will be updated. The amended template will be available to download from this web page. Previous versions of the Microsoft Word template will not be available.


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