Web Design Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

This lesson overviews the changes in web design from the 1980s to present day with an emphasis on shifts in color, text, and design. A group activity will challenge students to apply the lesson content and provide reinforcement of concepts, along with the use of a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain how website development has evolved
  • Understand the use of website development tools to enhance design


1-2.5 hours


  • Paper/Poster board
  • Markers/Crayons


  • Computers with web design software access

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.


  • Have students read The History of Web Design. You can have them read it silently or read it as a class.
  • Discuss the reading by asking students to share the changes they recognize through their digital lives, i.e. transitioning from Facebook style pages to Instagram style pages.

Discussion Questions

  • Is web design an important aspect of the Internet? Why or why not?
  • Is good web page design as important on mobile devices as desktops and laptops? Why or why not?
  • What is the most important element to you when it comes to web page design? Functionality, ease of navigation, etc.

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