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Carnegie Learning Lesson Internalization Process

Carnegie Learning Lessons include three instructional components, engage, develop and demonstrate. The CL LessonInternalization Process provides an intentional structure to the planning process to ensure students have learning experiences to develop conceptual understanding and mastery of skills.  Below you will find a guide to the Lesson Planning process as well as a downloadable Lesson Planning Template (in .docx and .pdf format).


Carnegie Learning - Lesson Internalization Process

0. Read the Topic Overview

• What is the mathematics of the topic and how will students demonstrate their understanding?

• What is the prior learning connected to this topic?

• How does this topic connect to future learning?

1. Read to understand:

• Lesson Overview


• Essential Ideas

• Lesson Structure and Pacing

2. DO the MATH:

• Cover the answers as you work.

• Jot down any thoughts that come to you as you work.

• Track your time.

3. Read the Facilitator Notes for Engage, Develop, and Demonstrate:

Mark or highlight:

• Key ideas or terms to focus on

• Important directions you need to keep in mind

• Questions you want to make sure to ask

• Write in your own questions that will guide and deepen student understanding.

• Take note of anticipated student misconceptions, what to look for in student work, and ideas for grouping and differentiation.

4. Chunk, Pace, and Strategize:

• Decide how you will chunk the problems for the students.

• Determine time limits for each chunk.

• Choose grouping and instructional strategies as needed.

• Identify when and how students/groups will share their thinking with the class.

5. Identify or Create Opening and Closing Activities:

• What will students do as they enter the classroom to get started?

• What opportunity will students have to demonstrate their awareness or understanding of the learning goals for the day? How will use that information to plan for the following day?

Other things to consider:

• What additional student misconceptions do you anticipate (other than those noted) and how will you address those?

• How will you support students with a variety of needs?

• How are you formatively assessing students throughout the lesson and how will that inform your instruction?


Click here to download a PDF of the Lesson Planning Template

Click here to download an editable word doc of the Lesson Planning Template

Click here to view a sample Lesson Plan using the Template

Click here to view a sample of a marked up Teacher's Implementation Guide (TIG)