Course materials are the tools used to lay the foundation, prepare the framework, and
construct the bridge over which your students must pass to attain the knowledge and skills
defined by the objectives of the course. Course materials include lesson plans, instruction sheets,
and instructional media. You must be proficient in the use of all course materials to conduct
effective instruction. These three, however, are the primary materials you will use in presenting
The lesson plan is the most important document available to you as an instructor.
Specifically, it is the blueprint that ensures instruction is presented in proper sequence and to
the depth required by the objectives. The lesson plan accomplishes the following:
n Ensures you have considered all factors necessary to
conduct a safe and effective lesson
n Guides you in conducting lesson activities
n Helps you maintain a constant check on your activities and
your students progress
n Standardizes instruction
n Informs training managers of what is being taught
The format of lesson plans differs somewhat depending on how they were developed.
However, the major elements are common to most lesson plans you will use.
The front matter of a lesson plan provides essential information regarding the course of
You must read and understand this information to comply with the course
developers intent regarding instruction.
The lesson topics are the documents from which you conduct each lesson. They include
required instructor preparation and an outline of the instruction. The lesson topic consists of