Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hazard - Creative Writing

Age: Teens & Adults
Focus: Creative Writing

The activity below has also been designed for the song "HAZARD" by Richard Marx. First, students work on a word search task. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the simple past form of the verbs given. FInally, they create a story using the verbs suggested. 


Age: Teens & Adults
Focus: Vocabulary

The activity below has even designed for the song "GOOD LUCK CHARM" by ELVIS PRESLEY. After having learned and practiced the vocabulary (four-leaf clover, fig, lucky penny, etc…) students guess which of the lucky charms they have learned are actually in the song. They listen to it, check and underline the words. After that, they engage in a discussion saying whether they believe in superstitions or not.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Super Women

Age: Adults
Focus: Reflection and Discussion/ Simple Present (Routines)

The activity that follows has been designed for the song "SUPER WOMAN". Unlike other activities from the wiki, two songs sung by two different performers are used in this one. Because they coincidently have the same title and, of course, are about strong women, we decided to put the two together in one single activity. First, students list and share in pairs what qualities a woman must have to be a super woman. Then, they listen to the song and compare the two. After that, they have to say which of the two women portrayed in the songs is a real super woman and why. This activity is super simple for there is no writing but some reflection on the message presented in the song and some speaking practice. 

Activities - Downloadable

In case you choose to work with Alicia Key's version only, here is our suggestion for an activity. 

Family Issues

Age: Teens & Adults
Focus: Reflection and Discussion / Modals of Speculation

The activity below has been designed for the song "FAMILY PORTRAIT" by Pink. It's suitable for a group of older teens or an adult group. First, students speculate about what the singer was like as a child  and her family based on a picture. Students are supposed to use modals of speculation (I think she may have been rebellious), although they might use Would/Used To (I think she used to be funny and talkative) or Simple Past (I think she used bad language). After they discuss, they will listen to the song and find in the lyrics information that describes her family and how she feels. In the end, students say what they think they would do in her shoes.