I've spent most of the summer collecting lesson plan ideas, helps for novels--character analysis, study guide questions, quizzes, etc. I've even placed all the material in protective sleeves. I feel like I've got all the ingredients for a good soufle, but not the directions on how to make it. My question is how much detail do you all put into your lesson plans? Do you use just the space provided at the back of a grading book or do you write complete lesson plans (rationale, standards, procedure, material, assessment, etc)? School starts for me in two weeks. It's been years since I taught high school level and then I only taught for a year or so. I'm a bit rusty and trying not to panic.--I've even started taking meds to keep me less stressful. LOL How much time do I need to spend on each grade? Do you write the lesson plans for the whole year or do you just get an idea of what you want to teach for each quarter? I've got an overall idea of the novels, short stories, poetry, writing, even vocabulary, quotes for the day, and journal ideas rolling in my head. Just need an idea of how much I should write in detailed lesson plans--each minute of class or just an overview? I don't have a mentor nor did I have one when I taught 10 years ago. What I learned from my last experience is to be organized, organized, organized, have a plan for classroom management, and to keep students busy--not just give them busy work. Help!!