Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration With Papa Roach! [Teaching English With Songs B2]


This song-based STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features the song Stand Up by Papa Roach.

Students TALK about people and weird hobbies, READ people’s profiles and say who they’d like to know more and why; LISTEN to a song extract and in pairs, DECIDE who would like the song the most, READ the lyrics and LISTEN to the whole song, IDENTIFY a wrong word in the lyrics, DO a vocabulary exercise with words from the lyrics, and WRITE a story in which those people meet according to Cambridge First for Schools Writing part 2 (homework).

OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.

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Language level: B2
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: weird hobbies & music 
Materials: presentation,worksheet (interactive and normal) and YouTube Video
Duration: about 1 hour
Download your free teaching resources: instructions.pdf; worksheet.pdf

So without further ado, let’s dive into this week’s song-based lesson plan! XD



Step 1 (5 min)

Genially presentation LINK Slide 01 Photo

Ask a student to describe it. Ask students if they know the 3 hobbies. (surfing, beetle fighting, stone skipping (ask students who know to explain what they are)

Ask students: Which of these hobbies interest you the most? Why? Have you tried any of them?Ask students to guess which hobby the person in the picture has. (it’s surfing)

Step 2 (10 min)

Slide 02. Photos of the three people and their profiles.(the profiles were made with the help of )

Have students describe the people and also read their profiles. Clarify unknown vocabulary. Ask students: Who would you like to know more about? Why?

Step 3 (5 min)

SLIDE 03. Play the song extract (about a minute) for the students, then ask: What did you think of the song? Do you know this song? Who sings it? What did you get from the meaning of the song?

Step 4 (5 min)

Play the song extract again and ask students to think about the three people in step 02.

Step 5 (10 min)

In pairs (breakout rooms), ask students to answer the questions about the people in step 2:

Who do you think would like this song the most and why? Who wouldn’t like it? Why? Would your parents like it? Why (not)? What about your best friend? Explain.

Step 6 (7 min)

The pairs share their ideas. Have a mini discussion.

Step 7 (15 min)

Work with the lyrics. Interactive worksheet.LINK

There are 3 exercises in the worksheet:

Exercise 1. Listen to the whole song and find the wrong word in the lyrics. (zoo is the wrong verse 1, the correct word is zone)

Exercise 2. Read the lyrics again, Then complete the sentences in exercise 1 with the capitalized words in bold from the lyrics (this is the interactive exercise in the worksheet) answers: a Hopeless b. Sweat c. Alone d. Breathe e. Choices f. proof

Exercise 3. What do you think is closest to the meaning of the song ‘Stand Up’ by Papa Roach? Prepare to explain your answer with words from the lyrics.

a. Fight for what you believe, you are not alone b.there’s no hope for the world, we are divided

Step 8 (homework)

Ask students to write a Story in which the three people from step 2 meet. This task is similar to Cambridge English: First for Schools Writing Paper Part 2 task.

Your story must begin with this sentence:

 “Laura was eating a chocolate bar when she received a weird text message.”

You must include: 
a song 
a concert

write 140 - 190 words

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


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