Week 3 – Assignment


Instructional Plan Analysis

To actualize your understanding of brain research-based principles  along with learner motivation and engagement, it is important to see how  each principle connects with that of instructional planning. This  assignment gives you the opportunity to explore sample instructional  plans with brain research-based principles, stages, and strategies in  mind while considering their support of support learner motivation and  engagement.


Refer to Chapter 21 in Jensen (2008) and Jensen’s website: Principles of Brain-Based Learning (Links to an external site.).

Read Jensen’s 6 Quick Brain-Based Teaching Strategies (Links to an external site.)

View Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning (Links to an external site.) video (11:34)

Select one lesson from the model plans listed. Read the entire plan  and analyze it with brain research-based principles in mind. Be sure to  read each section of the plan you selected, paying attention to expand  the content as directed within each section.

Review the Instructional Plan Analysis sample assignment as a guide.

Content Instructions
Construct a formal essay that follows the Content and Writing Instructions below:

  • Plan Summary: In a single paragraph, identify the plan evaluated and summarize it.
  • Brain-based Principles and Strategies: For the chosen plan, analyze  which brain-based principles and strategies are represented and provide  at least one example for each principle and strategy observed to show  how.
  • Recommendations: Make a recommendation as to what principle(s) and  strategies could be added or expanded upon to enhance the plan and  ultimately, more effectively reach all learners.
  • Motivation and Engagement: Describe aspects of the lesson that are likely to motivate and engage learners.
  • Recommendations: Make specific recommendations as to how the plan could be improved with regard to motivation and engagement.

Written Communication Instructions

Submitting your Assignment

  • Submit your assignment for evaluation. Include the ink to your ePortfolio in the comments box when uploading.
  • Archive your assignment in your ePortfolio by uploading to your  Portfolium account. Once assignments are uploaded to your ePortfolio,  they are considered artifacts and will be referenced as such.
  • Once logged in to your Portfolium account, select “Add Work.” Follow the step-by-step instructions.
  • Once uploaded, add a title (e.g., Instructional Plan Analysis) and a one- to two-sentence description.
    • Select “Education” as the category and give it the same title as the previous step.
    • Your artifact should now be viewable in your Portfolio.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.