Asking Questions With Lady Gaga: Teaching With a Song From Top Gun: Maverick!


This song-based STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN features the lyrics for Hold My Hand by Lady Gaga (from Top Gun: Maverick). Students TALK about Lady Gaga, READ facts about her life, FORMULATE questions about the facts in groups, ASK their questions and ANSWER other groups’ questions in a quiz competition, PLAY a Kahoot! Game about Lady Gaga, WATCH a music video, and DO a vocabulary exercise with the lyrics (interactive worksheet or pdf worksheet).

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

Language level: A2, B1
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing
Topic: Asking Questions
Materials: Youtube Video, Qr Code/ link, worksheet (interactive/pdf)
Duration: 1 hour - 1 hour, 20 min
Downloadable materials: instructions.pdf, worksheet.pdf

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Step 1 (3 min)

Ask students what they know about Lady Gaga and her songs.

Step 2 (2 min)

Divide students into small groups.

Step 3 (15 – 20 min)

Share this link. Or have students scan the qr code

to read 16 facts about lady Gaga.

Have the groups write 10 questions to other groups about the facts. Give them about 10 min for the task.

Step 4 (7 min)

Check the questions and award points to the groups for grammatically correct questions.

Step 5 (10 – 15 min)

Organize a quiz competition: The groups take turns asking their questions from the last step, and another group answers. Award points to the correct answers.

Step 6 (10 min)

After the quiz, all students play a kahoot! based on the info they’ve just acquired. KAHOOT! LINK

QUESTIONS in the Kahoot Game: (in case you wanna read them yourself!)
1- What is Lady Gaga's first name? A. Stefani B. Joanne C. Angelina
2- Her stage name, Lady Gaga comes from a song by A. the Beatles B. The Gagas C. Queen
3-One of her nicknames is A. Big Mermaid B. Loopy C. Mama Monster
4- She was born on A. May 28, 1986 B. March 28, 1976 C. March 28, 1986 
5-  Her eye color is A. Brown B. Green C. Blue
6- Her natural hair color is A. brown B Blond C Black
7- Her height is A. 5ft1 B 6ft1 C. 4ft1
8- Her favorite colors are A. Black and blue B. Red and Yellow C. Lavender and black
9- Her favorite cartoon character is A. Mickey Mouse B. Jerry C. Bugs Bunny
10-Her favorite pets are A. kittens B. puppies C. bunnies
11-She writes with her A. right hand B. both hands C left hand
12- In 2010, she was ranked as the A. most powerful musician in the world B second most powerful musician in the world C. third most powerful musician in the world
13- She went to the same high school as A. Nicky Hilton B. Katy Perry C. Paris Spears
14- Her fans are called A. Little Monsters B. Gaga Monsters C. Big Monsters
15- Her twitter name is A. @ladygagaofficial B. @officialGaga C. @ladygaga
16-Her favorite flowers are A. White Lilies B Red Roses C. White roses

Step 7 (5 – 6 min)

Tell students they’re going to watch the music video for Gaga’s new song which is featured in the movie Top Gun: Maverick.

Ask students what they know about the movie. Tell them it’s the sequel to Top Gun info link

While they watch the music video, Tell them to note down HOW MANY TIMES they hear the word HAND. Answer (19 or 20 times)

Step 8 (10 – 15 min) OPTIONAL

interactive worksheet link – worksheet.pdf link

Play the song again and have students follow the lyrics, help with the vocabulary and have them do the exercise. Exercise: Complete the sentences with the words in CAPITAL LETTERS from the lyrics.

answers: 1 Story 2 arms 3 fear 4 life 5 pain 6 clouds 7 tear

Tell students to click FINISH!! and then CHECK MY ANSWERS to see their results.

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




Happy teaching!  🙂


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