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How to Write an Effective World LanguageLesson Plan- Simplified

A lesson plan must contain certain essential components in order to engage students and lead them to proficiency.   

Are you overwhelmed with the task of writing lesson plans?  There is so much to consider and it can be paralyzing. This blog post is the first in a series on how to write effective world language lesson plans - simplified.
 A lesson plan must contain certain essential components in order to engage students and lead them to proficiency. The first, and most important, is the learning objective.

The first component, and the most important, is the learning objective.

Before determining my learning goals, I must first look at the standards.  Um…which ones?  The National Standards, the State Content Standards, the ACTFL Can-Do Statments, The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines ?

Agh!  I’m so overwhelmed!  

Using "Can-Do Statements" is helpful in finding objectives and you should definitely know your State Content Standards.  However, consider my simplified version:  Embed culture (with comparisons of students’ own and that of Spanish-speaking countries) and knowledge of other subjects matters; assign tasks requiring the use of the target language outside the classroom; and provide opportunities for students to read, write, speak and listen to authentic resources, not necessarily in every lesson. Now, let’s begin planning our daily lesson. 

Before creating a lesson plan I always ask myself, “What do I want my students to be able to do at the end of this lesson?  

If I don’t know where I’m going, I’ll never get there.  

First, what function do I want them to perform?  This function should be part of a THEME or topic.  Let’s pick “celebrities,” as an example, and compare some American stars to a few Spanish-speaking ones (Embed culture).

For example, students will:  Talk and write about famous Spanish speakers; write a comparison of American singers and Spanish singers; describe themselves and others orally and in writing; and write an essay describing the physical appearance and personality of friends, family members and celebrities. 

Below are learning objectives taken from my lesson on describing people.  (On the left is a list of items needed for this lesson.) 

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The goal statement must be specific, focusing on action verbs:  Students will write aboutlisten to, identify, talk about, present orally…”  The more specific it is, the more likely the students will reach the goal.

Second, what knowledge (vocabulary, grammar, cultural facts) do they need to know in order to achieve these goals?  At this point, I make a list of vocabulary and related expressions that will help my students express themselves on this topic.  Otherwise, my students will speak English or use Google Translate because I have not supplied them with the sufficient vocabulary to accomplish the tasks I've given them.

Vocabulary List

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Related Expressions

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Necessary Grammar and Quizlet Game

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Next, I develop an assessment and accompanying rubric to verify the students can demonstrate the learning objectives in real-life communication.  I always model what the finished product will look like (e.g., "Here’s an example of what an A looks like") and give the rubric to the students at the beginning of the lesson so they know exactly what is expected of them.  Otherwise, the results will inevitably miss the mark.

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Here is the model I used for the biography students wrote using the adjectives. (Of course, it will have to be modified now that we have a new president.)

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Here is the rubric: (Later on, and in succeeding levels, the rubrics will be written in Spanish.)

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Once I know exactly what I want the students to be able to do, I begin to brain-storm the strategies, resources, and activities that will get the students where I want them to go. 

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As I am brainstorming, I make sure to include the resources I will need in order to keep my class functioning in the target language - the subject of a future blog in this series.

I articulate the learning objectives with the students at the beginning of the class, explaining what we are going to do and what THEY will do at the end of the lesson to demonstrate proficiency.  That’s called tension which will be discussed in my next blog, so stay tuned!

I hope this blog was helpful and I look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to comment.

I hope your school year is progressing nicely.

Angie

Today’s freebies:

Sample Lesson Plan on Physical Descriptions 

Spanish Adjectives Listening and Writing Assessments

Click here to see the Spanish Adjectives PowerPoint and Interactive Notebook Activities

If you really dread the task of writing your own lesson plans, don’t do it! Go home early!  Why reinvent the wheel when I have spent thirty years writing and polishing lesson plans?  

Click here to see my Spanish One Lesson Plans and Curriculum for an Entire Year.  You will not need a textbook with these lessons but you can use them in conjunction with your textbook if you like.

Click here to see a short video about my lesson plans: Angie Torre’s Lesson Plans

For more information about how to craft a good lesson plan, click here: Teaching World Languages: A Practical Guide

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