I do searches for everything. When I begin a new Chapter in class, I search to see what I can find. Like many World Language teachers I am looking for authentic material, audio and video, images, and whatever information I can find. I have a nice short list of lesson plan sites that I begin with. There is so much great stuff out there, that it seems silly not look before creating lessons. Here are my favorite lesson plan search sites:
A couple of summers ago I was hired by the Michigan Department of Education to identify standards for content on the M.O.R.E. site. M.O.R.E. is a part of the Michigan eLibrary site. I sure learned the World Language standards inside and out quickly.
The M.O.R.E. site has thousands of lesson plans and resources. The items are searchable by subject area or standard. There’s also an advanced search if you want to search by resource type or grade.
I am also a certified Thinkfinity trainer. Thinkfinity has lesson plans and resources easily searched for by subject, standard, grade level and more. Thinkfinity focuses on core areas, but us World Language teachers can find something useful in many content areas.
Calper is a database of lesson plans that incorporate technology in World Language classes. The site also has many other useful resources and publications. There is a great section o Advocacy, plus links to websites for many FL Associations.
Zachary Jones has a very impressive Skills Planning worksheet to use for lesson planning. It is a bit overwhelming for me since I am new to high school, but I plan to work through it this summer. The worksheet forces you to think about many aspects of planning including materials, ACTFL standards and 21st century skills.
Google has a site for searching and submitting plans that incorporate Google Tools into your lessons. The plans are searchable by Google product, subject and/or grade level.
Film Education provides award-winning teaching resources, teacher training and cinema based events which support the use of film within the curriculum.
These are great sites, and I am sure there are lots more out there.