Published 1/31/16

And now, the daily lesson planning part.

I used to get very frustrated with authentic resources. It would take me at least 20 minutes to find a good one, then I only used it for 5 minutes in class, and then I still had to plan the rest of class. I realized that I was not getting a high ROI (return on investment). So how can I let the AuthRes take the lead of my entire lesson plan? I started with this:

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First I find a current and relevant AuthRes. For a mini-unit on “Love,” I found a video of a young lady explaining how to make a heart-shaped note (origami). I love “how to” videos because they get to hear someone other than me talking in the TL and they are very visual.

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Next I write two goals based on it: Input and Output.

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Before they even see the video, I like to connect to prior learning to help them understand what they will hear/see/read. For this video, I will see what TL words/phrases they think they will hear during the video.

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I have several options for interpretive tasks. I like to show the video several times where they are listening/doing/looking for something different each time.

Possible Tasks:

  • check if they heard the words they thought they would
  • list the steps
  • put the steps in the correct order (could be on separate paper strips)
  • make the card (best part!)
  • identify words they don’t know that they think is important

To save time, this is where I pull generic activities and just do quick adjustments if needed.

Schools have trained students to skim in order to answer comprehension questions as an interpretive task. They are not invested in their learning. I’m finding that if I’m pre-teaching and telling them what the important phrases/words are, then I’m squashing their curiosity and doing the higher level learning for them. I’m also assuming everyone is on the same proficiency level, which is rarely the reality. Furthermore, I want them to figure out what is important so they can also do that in real life contexts.

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This is the part that I am still working on improving in my own lessons. After an ACTFL training, I really started to think about how I can make this more authentic. Their example was: If you heard a traffic report on the radio, what would you do next? The answer is NOT to answer comprehension. It may be to call/text your friend who travels on that road and tell them to go another way. They may ask questions, but it is in a conversation.

Based on this AuthRes, I thought that a natural task would be to explain to someone else how to make this origami. To make it feel more authentic, I could find another origami video, give half of the class one video and the other half the other one. Then they could partner up and their partner how to do the one they had. Maybe this could be a homework activity (find another origami video or teach someone at home or make your own video).

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While looking at the video, I noticed that the comments could also be a great resource. Also it is something that people really do if they love/hate a video. I’m not encouraging trolling though! So here’s a glimpse of another goal that could lead into more lessons. I screenshot and combined the comments that were appropriate on one sheet so they can mark them as positive or negative. Bonus if they can find the errors.


Now they can leave their own comment

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One last note, I plan all this out as one continuous lesson. Then I decide where to stop for each class period. I don’t have lessons where we always do listening on one day, speaking next, etc. I just let this flow happen naturally. If it takes 2 classes to do the interpretive activities, then fine! If we can get through all of them in one class, then fine! This keeps my lessons connected and building on prior ones every day. For this lesson, I decided to do a formative assessment about the interpretive goal only.

And there it is. One way to let AuthRes take the Lead when lesson planning❣ Now I feel like I got a good ROI on this ONE resource.

Let AuthRes Take the Lead

Step 1 Unit Planning

Step 2 Daily Planning Process

Step 3 Leading to Assessment


Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 1.51.44 PMThis download is “Festeja el Amor”, which includes 4 goals based on authentic resources and planned out very similar to this post.