This song-based activity STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features the songs “Boyfriend” (Selena Gomez) and “Dance Monkey” (Tones and I). Students USE their creativity to mix song titles and form a new one, CONNECT song lyric extracts from two songs and write a narrative, CHOOSE one of the songs and DO a listening exercise with the lyrics.
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: B1 and above Learner type: All ages Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing Topic: Narratives Language/grammar: narrative tenses Materials: google slide and mp3 files for the song extracts Duration: 1 hour Downloadable materials: instructions; google slides; song extracts.mp3
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO VERSION OF THIS LESSON PLAN:
STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN
Step 1 (5 – 7 min)
Ask students to give you titles of songs they like. Write them on the whiteboard. Challenge students to create another song title by mixing the words from the song titles.
Example: rain on me – I adore you – Better days – the man
The man I adore – Better me – better you – the you I adore, Etc
Write their ideas on the board. Get 4 or 5 different titles and leave them on the board for the next step.
Step 2 (5 min)
Show them the slide with the lyrical extracts of the two songs. Students read. Help with vocabulary. Ask them if they recognize the songs or singers. Play the extracts.
“I want a boyfriend Tell me, are there any good ones left? I keep finding wrong ones, but I want love again and again I want a boyfriend” Selena Gomez “Ooh, I see you, see you, see you every time And oh my, I, I like your style You, you make me, make me, make me wanna cry And now I beg to see you dance just one more time” Tones and I
Step 3 (10 – 15 min)
In pairs/small groups (breakout rooms), students connect the two lyrical extracts in a short narrative that has one of the titles from step 1 – give them about 10 min for the task.
Step 4 (5- 7 min)
Back to the main room, students read their short narratives. Have a vote on the most interesting, creative, crazy, etc.
Step 5 ( 5 min)
Students vote on the song they want to work with (Boyfriend or Dance Monkey). Share the link to the interactive worksheet with the chosen song activity:
Step 6 (5 min)
For Dance Monkey, play the song and students do the exercise on the worksheet. For Boyfriend, students read the lyrics and choose the right words, then play the song for them to check.
OBS: To get the results, students must click on FINISH!! And them on CHECK MY ANSWERS.
This song-based lesson plan is sure to spice up your classes! However, would you like to think, feel and act more creatively on your own to be able to turn ANY song you want into an engaging lesson plan?
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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable!
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