This song-based activity STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN  for ENGLISH language TEACHING features the lyrics extract and music video for Justin Bieber’s Running Over (CHANGES: The Movement) ft. Lil Dicky. Students WORK with synonyms and noun forms, WRITE down The lyrics of a verse dictated by the teacher, WRITE a final version of the verse in pairs and answer questions about it, CORRECT grammar mistakes in the lyrics, LISTEN to the song and WATCH the music video.

OBS: This lesson plan was made to be used for ONLINE TEACHING WITH ZOOM features like ZOOM WHITEBOARD, ZOOM SCREEN SHARE and ZOOM CHAT, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.

Language level: A2 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Dating
Language/grammar: adjectives, nouns synonyms, simple past
Materials: Youtube video, google slide and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min
Downloadable materialsinstructions; google slides; song extract mp3


Step 1 Warm up (5 min)

Write SYNONYM on the whiteboard and ask students to give you some examples.  Write them on the board. If they get stuck, write down some examples: beautiful, pretty Ask students to make sentences with the words they come up with.

Step 2 (10 – 15 min) Pairwork (breakout rooms

Google slide 1:  Vocabulary exercise (adjectives, synonyms and nouns)

Exercise 1.  TRAGIC, SANE and PERSONAL are adjectives. Complete the table with their synonyms below: (students can use an online dictionary to help them)

Answers: SANE: healthy, normal
TRAGIC: sad, terrible, unfortunate, awful
PERSONAL: individual

Exercise 2.

Read the information below and complete the exercise with the correct noun forms of the adjectives.

1- He has a very friendly _________________________. 
He is always smiling and talking to everyone.
2 - Her son’s car accident was a terrible ___________________.
3- That man is running in the middle of the cars in the street! 
I think he lost his ______________!

Answers: ´1. Personality 2. Tragedy 3. Sanity

Step 3 – (5 min) Musical Dictation 

Individual task. Tell your students that you are going to dictate the verse of a song. Students write it down.  Tell them you are going to read it only twice at normal speed, and that it’s ok if they do not get all the words. However, it’s important that they write what they get, even if it’s just separate words in the sentence.

Do not tell them whose song it is yet. OBS: there are 2 grammar mistakes in the lyrics extract (it feel (felt) / you was (were) ). The students will correct them in a later step.

Lyrics extract for the dictation:

It feel like a Tuesday when you met me 
I remember it like it was yesterday
You just said, "Hello," I lost my sanity
Thought you was lookin' through me 
Then you made me laugh with personality
When you said goodbye that was a tragedy 

Step 4 (5 min)

Play the song extract, so students can check their sentences and make changes.

Step 5 (5 min)

In pairs (breakout rooms), students compare their work and get to a conclusion on the final version

Step 6 (5 min)

Get random students to write down the first line of the verse in the CHAT BOX. Have other students correct it. Do this for the other lines until you finish correcting the verse.

Step 7 (10 min)

In pairs (breakout rooms), students answer questions about the lyrics extract (google slide 2)

1- There are 2 wrong verbs in the verse, which ones?
2- Is this a sad or a happy song? Why?
3 - Do you like it? Why (not)?

 Step 8 (10 min)

Correct the mistakes and get feedback from the pairs

Step 9 (5 min)

Students watch the music video and comment on it to close the activity.


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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable! 



Happy teaching!  🙂 

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