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Lesson Planning and the Zen of CLIA

Lesson Planning  and the Zen of CLIA

Prepared by Beverly Hall for the Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts 

The Mantra: (repeat three times)

For every standard, an objective; for every objective, an assessment.

For every standard, an objective; for every objective, an assessment.

For every standard, an objective; for every objective, an assessment.


When in doubt about your lesson go back to the Mantra and make sure your standard(s), objective(s) and assessment are aligned.

  • Use the 2010 SC Visual and Performing Arts Standards.  These may be accessed at
  • Although while teaching a unit you will cover several standards, you will only be doing one 45 minute lesson at CLIA.  Select only 1 or 2 standards to address, with the appropriate indicators
  •   Choose a lesson you already teach successfully, do not try out something you’ve never taught before.
  •   We want to see standards addressed with innovation and creativity.  CLIA is an opportunity to take a good lesson and make it GREAT!
  • Your objectives should be expressed in observable terms.  What will the students be doing to show they are accomplishing the objective? The students will create inversions of triads, and indicate the root positions of triads.
  •   The student activities you choose should connect directly to your objective. The students will create a dragon dance puppet using symmetry paper cutting, collage and accordion paper folding techniques.
  •   Bring all materials you will need for your group to actually DO the student activities.  This is group participation, not a demonstration.  You can teach your group as if they were one of your classes, not necessarily a class of adults.
  •   Assessment not only lets you know what the students know and can do, but if your teaching of the objective was effective.
  •   Assessment is a planning tool – did they get it?  Why or why not, and what can I change to make sure they do get it?
  •   Rubrics are a good way to measure several objectives at one.  For younger students checklists are also acceptable.
  •   You need to design your assessment to hand in, but you will not necessarily assess during your CLIA demonstration lesson.
  USB Drives
  • You will need to bring a USB drive to save your work.
  • The lesson plan and assessment will be handed in electronically as one document, so don’t start a separate document when doing your assessment.
  • Once you open the lesson plan format and begin to work, save it in this format :
  •                                 Last Name First Name CLIA 2011 Your Week
  •                                 Example:  Hall Beverly CLIA 2011 Week 2
  • At the end of the week you will give your facilitator a hard copy of your lesson plan, assessment and all other assignments.  You will bring your USB drive with your lesson plan to me so I can get an electronic copy.
 We’re here to help
  • Contact your facilitators early and often, they will provide the help and guidance you need to succeed.  They have all been through the same process you are about to go through.
  • Don’t be concerned If your facilitator is not in your same discipline.  We are in close contact with each other will go over your lesson with other facilitators who are certified in your area.
  • We go over the lessons every evening and prepare suggestions to enhance and deepen your plan.
  • Please be open to suggestions by the facilitators.  Your lesson will be enriched by this.  No CLIA lesson ever left without some changes being made. 
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