Pedagogical Content Knowledge Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Students will learn about pedagogical content knowledge and consider strategies and methods for teaching a specific topic. Students will watch a video, answer questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define pedagogical content knowledge
  • identify four features of pedagogical content knowledge
  • apply the pedagogical features to real world topics


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.5

Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Begin the lesson by asking students if they've had a class where the teacher was knowledgeable about the content but could not effectively teach the material.
  • Allow students to share their experiences.
  • Then explain that this lesson defines and explains pedagogical content knowledge.
  • Distribute the Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Definition & Explanation lesson, play the video, pause at 01:29, then start the following discussion:
    • Define pedagogical content knowledge.
    • Provide examples of pedagogical content knowledge.
  • Now restart the video, pause at 05:24, then pose these discussion points:
    • Explain how to combine content and pedagogical strategies.
    • Why is it important to understand student perceptions?
    • How would you suggest a teacher analyze the more difficult aspects of a subject?
    • Discuss important teaching strategies.
  • Afterwards, play the 'Lesson Summary' and distribute the lesson quiz. You may also show the lesson quiz on the screen.
  • Allow students to work on the quiz in pairs, then review the answers.

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