The Teacher’s Challenge: Combining language and content objectives in a simple format
Teaching five different classes daily to students of varying English proficiency in four grade levels, I just don’t have the time to write a one or two page lesson plan for every class. Yet that is what I found online, in books, and in workshops for ESL teachers. Everywhere I looked, the touted solutions appeared to be cumbersome and time consuming. So I developed my own template that addressed the components I considered crucial.
Here is a blank lesson plan that combines WIDA levels of proficiency, Essential Question, Common Core and Essential Standards, vocabulary, cognitive function (Bloom’s), and formative assessments for a whole week – all on one page! It is in Word so you can change it for your own use.
This is an actual lesson plan I used for a third grade math class with the student names deleted. There is a space at the bottom of each lesson where the teacher note proposed changes.
Lesson Planning Tools
Here are some samples of Content Objectives Paired with Language Objectives.
Lesson Planning Worksheet includes Bloom’s Levels of Learning, Action Verbs, Products, Sentence Stems, and blank spaces for Content Objectives and Language Objectives.
Use the interactive Differentiator to create objectives based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Select from suggested Thinking Skills, Content, Resources, Products, and Group Sizes – or create your own. Created by Ian Byrdseed of Garden Grove, California.
The WIDA standards also have suggestions for combining content objectives with language objectives:
- Kindergarten ELD Standards
- 1st grade ELD Standards
- 2nd grade ELD Standards
- 3rd grade ELD Standards
- 4th grade ELD Standards
- 5th grade ELD Standards
- 6th grade ELD Standards
- 7th grade ELD Standards
- 8th grade ELD Standards
- 9-10th grade ELD Standards
- 11-12th grade ELD Standards
For more ideas on lesson plans, try the TESOL Resource Center. You can even submit one of your own.
7 Qualities to Maximize the Impact of Your Lesson Plans by Larry Ferlazzo
ESL Gold: Scroll down on the left side of the website to select the proficiency level and the domain you wish to focus on. The site will take you to specific resources and lesson suggestions. A great resource for supplementing your lesson planning.
Project Based Learning (PBL) Find the tools you need to plan, manage, and assess rigorous projects to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.
I welcome suggestions for other resources to be included in this site. Please use my contact form or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.