Writing Stories with funny Music Video clips: Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes & BTS


This STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features 3 music video extract parodies without music (Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, BTS).

Students TALK about photos and what they have in common, LISTEN to audio clips and say what is happening, WATCH the videos and check their ideas, WRITE a short narrative in pairs, and READ it to the whole class, VOTE on the most creative, funniest, etc and WRITE a story in the style of Cambridge B2: First for Schools for homework.

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

Language level: B1+ B2
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: writing narratives & stories
Materials: YouTube video, genial.ly presentation 
Duration: 50 min - 1 hour
Downloadable materials:  instructions.pdf

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Step 1 (5 – 7 min)

Genial.ly presentation link. Slide 1 Photos. Ask students to say what the things in the photos (elevator, balloon, car) have in common. Example: they can all go up. (accept anything that makes sense!)

Step 2 (10 min)

Slide 2: Audio clips. Play the audio clips. What are they doing? What’s happening?

Have students say their ideas.

Step 3 (7 min)

Students watch the video to check their ideas. (Slide 3) (play the video 2x). Note: these video extracts are from parodies without sound from the YouTube Channel: Without Music! They have some really funny videos there! Check them out! XD

Have students describe what they saw in the videos.

Ask them if they know the singers in the music video clips and what songs they are for (clip 01: Billie Eilish – Think Therefore I am; clip 02: Shawn Mendes – Stitches; and clip 03: BTS – Permission to Dance)

Step 4 (12 min)

In pairs, (breakout rooms), Students write a short narrative putting the videos together in any order they want. Tell them that it’s a really short one, they only have 10 minutes to write it.

Step 5 (7 min)

The pairs read their narratives for the whole class

Step 6 (5 min)

Have a vote on the funniest, craziest , most creative, etc

Step 7 (Homework)

Write a Story (Cambridge First for Schools) inspired by your narrative or another students’ narratives you heard in class.


Your story must begin with this sentence:

“I woke up feeling happy and hopeful, the great day had arrived!”

You must include:

  • the police
  • an autograph

write 140 – 190 words

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




Happy teaching!  🙂


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