Research Based Lesson Design

Here is the presentation used at the Dig Deeper into RBLD training.

In Anaheim Elementary School District, our core audience is English learners.  Tier one instruction must be designed to meet the needs of at least 80% of students which typically includes English learners.  While all students benefit from Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI), English learners need EL scaffolds in conjunction with EDI.  With Research Based Lesson Design (RBLD), English learner strategies are planned for every instructional phases of EDI.  For a one page printable handout of the EL scaffolds in RBLD, click here.

Both Concept Development and Guided Practice are taught using a gradual release of responsibility.

For lesson planning, the sequence that RBLD phases are planned differs from the order in which they are taught.  Grade level teams are encouraged to collaborate in planning lessons.  A lesson using RBLD can be planned using different formats.  Some possible options are in a PowerPoint, on paper and pencil, on a poster, or using this optional template (Click “File,” then “Make a copy.”)  Contact your Curriculum Coach for any support.

  1. Learning Objectives
  2. Activate Prior Knowledge
  3. Lesson Importance
  4. Concept Development
  5. Skill Development
  6. Guided Practice
  7. Lesson Closure
  8. Independent Practice
  9. Strategies Used Throughout a Lesson

Learning Objectives

Content objective is defined, displayed, and reviewed orally.

Visuals/TPR as appropriate for clarification

Highlight, circle, color code

Academic language restated in more comprehensible language

Sentence stem

Activate Prior Knowledge

Prior lesson visual support

Primary language connections (e.g. cognates)

Write, draw, share, TPR during Interact Step

Bridge Map to connect new learning

Lesson Importance

Multi-Flow Map that shows the effects from learning the lesson’s objective

Examples are visually displayed

Sentence frames or stems

Concept Development

Contextualized definitions and vocabulary charts

Discovery Education clips (Web 2.0 support)

Visual indications for examples v. non-examples

Pictorial supportTPRrealia

Highlighting, circling, underlining, color coding

Sentence frames or stems

Skill Development

Thinking Maps

Flow Map for procedure

Note-taking/process grids


Partner support

Sentence frames

Visual support/TPR

Color coding

Guided Practice

Lesson Closure

Sentence frames or stems

Independent Practice

Access to visuals from the lesson

Strategies Used Throughout a Lesson

Structured Think Pair Share

Research Based Lesson Design Was Last Modified: August 13, 2019