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How Do I Build a Lesson?

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 10:22PM CDT
Whether you're creating a new lesson from scratch or adapting a copy of an existing lesson, the details of the plan are developed on the Build Lesson page of the Lesson Builder. The name of your selected lesson is displayed below the page title.
The other tabs displayed at the top of this area also relate to the current lesson.

The header area of the Build Lesson page displays the creation and (when applicable) modification dates of your lesson plan, together with the format used. If your lesson was based on a lesson created by someone else (e.g. a lesson copied from the Cybrary or from an email link), the original author attribution is also displayed.

Additional lesson-related functionality is provided by a set of buttons that display both above and below the actual lesson plan. Some of these actions (e.g. "Rename") are also available from other places in the Lesson Builder, while others (e.g. "Print View") are only available from the Build Lesson page.
Add Content to Elements

The left panel of the Build Lesson page displays the format template. Each element of the unit is identified by a button with a descriptive name. As you add and save information for an element, the area to the right of the button is filled with a read-only version of that content.

To add/edit information about a lesson element

   1. Click the element button.
   2. A new window displays, in which to describe that element of the lesson or activity.

The features of this window will vary based on the particular element you are describing. For example, describing Subjects may require you to select applicable check boxes, while attaching Standards navigates you to the Standards Wizard.

Some windows include multiple tabs, enabling you to provide information in several ways. For example, the Assessment description has tabs that enable you to include text, an attached Taskstream rubric, and/or a variety of uploaded files or web links that support or illustrate the method of Assessment.
  • When adding text, note that the maximum number of characters allowed will vary based on element. If you have enabled the HTML toolbar, it will be available for many (but not all) text fields.
  • Some elements may include a combination of text and selection fields.
  • If the element you selected includes an Attachments tab, you can upload and attach files to your lesson form.
  • If the element you selected includes a Web Links tab, you can add web links to your lesson form.

    3. After you have entered information for an element, click Save & Close Window. You are navigated back to the main Build Lesson page.
Lesson forms are automatically saved as you work.

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