Descriptive Writing

Age: Older Teens & Adults

Frank Sinatra sang songs about many different cities. New York, Rome, Paris and Chicago are just a few. The song “CHICAGO” is a good song for the topic Traveling. Here´s the activity: First, students list the places in the world they have been to and share in pairs which one they think was the best and why. Then, they listen to the song and guess why the author likes Chicago. After that, they write about a city they know.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

Lessons about traveling usually present vocabulary that describes places, so if this is the case of your students, this activity is right for them. The goal is writing about a place. First, students brainstorm the word NEW YORK. After that, they talk for some minutes about the city. Then, they listen to the song “A HEART IN NEW YORK” and tell each other what adjectives they can use to describe it based on the lyrics. Finally, they use whatever vocabulary learned to write about the city.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

Students must have practiced the past form of ther verbs before this activity. For the song “COME FLY WITH ME”, first they guess the answers the teacher would give for a travel quiz. Then, they write their own answers and share them in pairs. After that, they listen to the song and find out where the author traveled to. Finally, they write about a trip they took.


 

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “USED TO” allows us to practice Would and Used To. First, students share in pairs three things they used to do in the past. After that, they listen to the song, which is about a relationship that has changed. They find out what the author´s relationship was like and report to the teacher using Used To. Finally, they write about a past memory or habit using the structure.


Age: Adults

The song “THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND” provides us with the opportunity to practice Would and Used To. First, students talk in pairs about their childhood. Then, they guess what the song is about. Finally, they use the topics for conversation to write a paragraph.


Age: Adults

The song “DOWNTOWN” would be appropriate in case students are learning to talk about places by using the verb There To Be. First, students share in pairs where they live and whether they like it. Then, they listen to the song and find out whether the author likes downtown or not. After that, they get arranged in two groups, in which Group A will discuss and write down the advantages and Group B will discuss and write down the disadvantages of living downtown. When they finish, they share their opinion and finally write about their neighborhood.


Age: Adults

The song “A FOGGY DAY” is an excuse to engage students into writing about a city they know. It can easily be adapted to any other song for this purpose. First, they list three places they would like to visit and then they share their list with a peer and explain their choices. After that, they listen to the song and find out how the author feels about this particular city. Next, they engage into a guided writing task, in which they will be reminded of the three parts of a paragraph and finally engage into a writing task.


Age: Teens & Adults

“JUNE AFTERNOON” is a fun song about the summer and great to be used for the topic Seasons. First, students brainstorm the word “summer”. Then, they listen to the song and check whether their words appear in it. Finally, they tell each other how they think the author feels about summer and why. Finally, they write about what summer is like where they live.

 

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