Archery Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson plan, students learn about different types of bows before practicing the proper stance of an archer. Students will then learn about proper archery competitions before competing in their own archery simulation.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain and recognize different archery bows
  • Demonstrate the proper stance for an archer
  • Set up a regulation archery match


1 hour


  • Pictures of three different types of bows (if possible, a physical example of each)
  • Printed Olympic-style archery targets
  • Sticky putty, suction darts or some other object, which will stick to the wall without causing damage when thrown

Key Vocabulary

At the conclusion of this lesson, students should be able to identify and define the following vocabulary terms:

  • Archery
  • Compound bow
  • Recurve bow
  • Longbow

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings. Analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone.


Precisely follow a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, as well as attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


  • Before class, print photos of the three different types of bows and tape them on the board. Also, print out as many of the Olympic-style archery targets you will need for the activity (i.e., ½ of the total number of students in your class).
    • If you were able to acquire physical bows, either hang each one on the wall or hold it up as the class reads about each type. After reading the first section, you can invite your class to come up and see each bow up close.
  • Have students read the lesson Archer: Skills, Rules & Techniques.
  • Stop students when they reach the 'Skills & Techniques' heading.
  • Have students stand up next to their desks. Explain that you will read the next section and each student is to practice the stance and technique using an imaginary bow.
  • Read each bullet under the heading out loud to the entire class.
  • As you read each bullet, make sure students are demonstrating the stance or technique you read.
    • If students are having difficulty, take time in between reading each bullet to help students and make sure each student has each step right.
  • Once you've completed the last bullet, have students sit back in their chairs.
  • Have students read the rest of the lesson.
  • Have students take the quiz.

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