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On this very first song-based LP of 2021, the Song Activity Factory features Ed Sheeran’s new hit: AFTERGLOW!
I hope YOU and your students have a BLAST with it!
This song-based STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features the lyrics and music video for “Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran. Students DESCRIBE pictures, LISTEN to the song and choose one picture to represent it, EXPLAIN their choices, READ definitions of words, LISTEN to the song and find the words defined, DO a listening exercise with an interactive worksheet.
OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.
Language level: B1 Learner type: All ages Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing Language/grammar: word definitions, describing pictures Materials: YouTube video, genially presentation Duration: 45 min - 1h Download your free teaching resources: instructions
STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN
Step 1 (7 min)
Slide 1. Ask different students to describe the pictures. Then, tell them they’re going to listen to a song. Their task is to choose one of the pictures to represent the song, and be prepared to explain why.
After playing the song once, ask students to write: L(left), M (middle) or R (right) in the chat box to indicate which picture they chose. Ask random students to explain their choices. Also ask them if they recognize the singer or the song (but don’t tell them who it is).
Step 2 (10 min)
Show the table with the word definitions (slide 2).
Tell students they are going to listen to the song again, but now they have to identify words in the song.
Ask students to read the definitions. Have them take a print of the screen, and as they listen to the song, write their answers on a sheet of paper
Play the song twice.
Step 3 (5 min)
In pairs (breakout rooms), students compare their answers.
Step 4 (5 min)
Have students read the words and definitions for the correction.
Step 5 (10 min)
Share the link to the Interactive worksheet in the chat box: Interactive Worksheet
Tell students to listen and click the extra words in the song.
To check their answers, tell students to click FINISH! And then CHECK MY ANSWERS!
Step 6 (7 min)
Students say how they imagine the music video is like. (ask students who know not to say it)
Play the video for them to check their guesses. Have some students comment on the video to close the activity.
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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