It’s easy to get stuck using the same lesson plan template. Throwing in something new from time to time (in this case, a new teaching technique or short video segment) can really get students’ attention and help them stay focused during class. Try using VideoClass, which is an educational website that contains a number of videos related to the various subject areas taught in the United States, including English. These videos are great to watch if you want to see how someone else explained a particularly tricky concept before trying to do it yourself. Additionally, you can just play a video for your students either to teach something new or to reinforce something you have already covered in class.
Unfortunately, there are several subtopics in the English section that have no videos at this time, but this could work to your advantage, too. By asking more advanced students to create videos for those topics, they could really demonstrate their mastery of the subject—and help the community as a whole. It would be an excellent project, as students would be actively creating content with the expectation that other students around the world would have access to it. VideoClass provides all the tools you need to make a great video, so it is really simple.
If you are interested in more educational videos, I always start my search with YouTube, but actually TeacherTube might be a better choice, depending on what you are looking for, because there are a ton of videos posted. They are all related to teaching and are grouped by subject area just like on VideoClass. Do you use videos in your classes? If so, where do you usually get them, and how do you find they work best with your students?