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NUVHS Teacher Guide: Develop Lesson Plans

A guide to National University Library's resources for NUVHS Teachers

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Library Curriculum Resources

The Library's Curriculum Collection contains curriculum guides, sample lesson materials, thematic guides, and teacher editions of selected K-12 textbooks.  Textbook publishers often provide selected resources available online. 

Teacher editions of textbooks contain:

  • Scope & Sequence Charts
  • Student Text content with explication and suggested activities
  • Lesson Plans
  • Reading Lists
  • Test Answer Keys

The following series, Teacher Created Materials, are part of the Curriculum Collection:


ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education ERIC began in 1966 as a consortium of clearinghouses to provide easy access to journal articles citations (EJs-ERIC Journals) and a microfiche collection of unpublished reports and documents including some books (EDs-ERIC Documents).  In early 2000's, the clearinghouses were centralized. 

The ERIC collection of over 2,000 lesson plans that had been part of ASK ERIC was taken over by Educator's Reference Desk.  Lesson plans published in journal articles or as ERIC Documents are available through the Library's subscription to ERIC.

Reading Levels

There are several ways to find the reading level of a book or website:

  • Microsoft Word will also to tell you.
    • Copy and paste an excerpt of the book (preferably at least 100 words) into a blank document.
    • Run the spell check. After MSWord (tm) is finished, it will show you the 'Readability Statistics' which include a reading ease score and a Flesch-Kincaid grade level.
  • Scholastic BookWizard gives reading levels for books from various publishers by grade and month such as '5.6' which is '5th grade, sixth month'.

Readability Tests & Formulas:

  • Flesch-Kincaid Readability Tests  There are two tests, the Flesch Reading Ease, and the Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level. Although they use the same core measures (word length and sentence length), they have different weighting factors, so the results of the two tests correlate inversely: a text with a comparatively high score on the Reading Ease test should have a lower score on the Grade Level test.
  • Lexile Framework for Reading, developed by MetaMetrics, is a measurement for determining reading ability or the difficulty of reading materials. Lexile numbers range from 200L (beginning readers and text) to above 1700L (advanced readers and text).
  • SMOG Readability Formula counts multisyllabic words in text to determine grade level.
  • SPACHE Readability Fromula calculates the grade level of a text sample based on sentence length and number of unfamiliar words. Used for grade 3 and lower. 

Library Catalog Search Terms

Try using the following search terms when looking for lesson plans in the Library Catalog.

  • "lesson plans"
  • "lesson planning"
  • "lesson design"
  • "activity programs"
  • "classroom activities"
  • "curriculum planning"
  • "creative activities"
  • "individualized instruction"
  • "thematic units"
  • "units of work"
  • "units of instruction"