Textbooks are useful for making lesson plans, especially for first time teachers. This allows them to know which material should be covered and which details are important to incorporate in the classroom. Also, textbooks are extremely organized. However, one of the most important reasons why a textbook is so useful is because it is chronological. Seeing all of the information in order is very useful for teachers when making a lesson plan. Textbooks also have their downfalls with inaccurate or left out information. Also, some teachers may depend on the textbook too much when teaching their students.
The standard 6.2.1 Political Revolutions- analyze the age of Revolutions is the one I used for my micro-teaching. I came up with an interesting question surrounding that standard and the Haitian revolution. This question was what success factors led to the slaves victory? This was important because the students would need to know background information and be able to use this to make inferences. It is very important for teachers to focus on essential questions in the classroom because this helps frame the unit or lesson plan. Also, looking at a question can help students see what knowledge they need to achieve by the end of the unit.