OK.  So you are getting ready to write lesson plans.  The first thing you should be thinking about is how you will assess student learning.

Accordingly, the first step in writing lesson plans is actually creating your assessments.

Your assessments can come in the form of an Exit Ticket, a small project, or a presentation.  It doesn’t matter.  The important thing is that the assessment tells you whether or not your students have met the objectives for the lesson. 

To create your assessment, you start with your objectives – it is important that your assessments are tied to and reflect them. 

Make sure to illustrate how your assessments are tied to and reflect your lessons’ objectives in your plans and commentaries.

Resource:  This article is for college teachers, but it is right on the mark in detailing how to link objectives and assessments.  Additionally, it outlines the importance of analyzing the results of the student work (item analysis), and then giving appropriate feedback.