How to Write Effective World Lesson Plans -3

In this blog we will talk about how to write effective lesson plans by inserting a very important component.  Can you guess which one it is?

How to Write an Effective World Language Lesson Plan

Ever have a hard time getting into a book?  A sermon?  An article or essay? Why?

There’s no hook.

Nothing to suck you into paying attention so you forget that you’re tired, sick, didn’t finish that task you were working on before you had to come here and listen to me.

Is that better?

Every successful screen-writer and author knows if he doesn’t captivate your interest in the first minute, he’s lost you.

When students come to us, they are distracted, tired, overwhelmed, worried about boyfriend/girlfriend issues, stressed.  Some haven’t eaten or have trauma at home.  How are you going to reel them into a lesson?

With an attention-getter.

I begin every lesson with a meme, joke, visual, or ANYTHING humorous related to the day’s lesson.  I get many of these from this Pinterest Board.  I have labeled most of the memes according to the vocabulary or grammar concept we will be studying.  Not only am I provoking a chuckle, I’m leading my students where I want them to go.

As you can see, I include this in my Lesson Plan Template under, “Anticipatory Set” so I don’t forget to include it.

Here is an attention-getter I use before teaching the house and chores vocabulary. (The answer pops in after they do the activity.)

Here’s another one:

Another guaranteed way to reel students in is to incorporate their photos into the activities.  I often begin my bell-work activity with questions about students next to their bigger-than-life photos.  Instant engagement every time! And titters, of course.

Next time we will talk about direct instruction and how to choose activities and resources to achieve your learning goal.

In case you missed the first two posts on how to write effective lesson plans, here they are:  The Learning Objective  and The Importance of Tension

During the next few weeks, some students may be mentally on vacation.  Using lots of good tension, fun activities, and captivating visuals will keep them focused on the lesson.  This PowerPoint and activities will engage them while teaching them the Christmas vocabulary and cultural practices in Spanish-speaking countries. (Click on the photo)

Hang in there!  The break is around the corner!

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