Teaching With Songs: Musical Biography + Song Pieces with Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, Britney Spears & Avril Lavigne


This song-based STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features the lyrics extracts of various songs by Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne Students IDENTIFY singers in photos, TALK about them, READ quotes and MATCH them to the singers, TALK about their favorite quotes in pairs, MATCH singers and their childhood pictures, WATCH a video about them, and FILL the information in a table, and LISTEN to song extracts and identify comparative adjectives in a team competition.

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 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Biographical Facts about singers
Language/grammar: comparatives
Materials: YouTube video, genial.ly presentation 
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 20 min
Downloadable materials:  instructions.pdf


Step 1 (5 min)

Genial.ly presentation link

Photos (slide 1). Students identify the singers in the photos and say what they know about them. Have them write down who they think is the oldest/youngest to check later.

answers: 1- Billie Eilish 2- Avril Lavigne 3 – Britney Spears 4 – Katy Perry

Step 2 (5 min)

Childhood pictures (slide 2). Have students match the singers and their childhood photos.

answers 1 D, 2 a , 3b, 4C

Step 3 (7 min)

Quotes (slide 3). Have random students read the quotes aloud. Help them with the vocabulary. Tell them to choose their favorite quote and prepare to explain why.

Step 4 (10 min)

In pairs (breakout rooms), students talk about their favorite quotes and why.

Step 5 (7 min)

Back to the main room, have students share their favorite quotes and explain why.

Step 6 (5 min)

Slide 2. Students guess who said the quotes by matching them to the singers.

Answers: A: Katy Perry, B: Britney Spears, C: Billie Eilish, D: Avril Lavigne

Step 7 (5 – 7 min)

Slide 3. Students watch the video and fill the information on the table

see Video Script in the instructions.pdf

Step 8 (20 – 30 min)

Song Pieces COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES. (with Billie’s, Avril’s, Katy’s and Britney’s song extracts) slide 04

Song Pieces Instructions:

Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students), and tell them they are going to listen to various extracts of songs and in each one they have to listen to comparative adjectives and write them down on a blank sheet of paper.

1- Before playing the extracts, review comparatives and ask them to give you examples . Write them on the board.

2- Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right word. Then, play the first extract 3 times and they write down the answer for number 1. (give them an extra point if they can say the name of the singer, too!)

3- Check what the teams wrote down (you can use the chat feature of the application you're using with your online students. ex: in-meeting chat in zoom , and ask them to use it to send you the answers. Assign points. (1 for each right word, if there is more than 1 word in the recording) 

4 - Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for the next song extracts. The team with more points, in the end, is the winner!

see song pieces answers in the instructions.pdf.

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


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