When I Was A Boy

Age: Older teens & Adults

The activity suggested for the song “WHEN I WAS A BOY” is a guided writing task. First, students write three sentences about their childhood. Then, they listen to the song and find out about the author´s childhood. After that, they review the use of Simple Past, Used To and Would to talk about past habits and write sentences about the author. Finally they write a paragraph about their childhood using the structure suggested.

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This used To Be My Playground

Age: Adults

The song “THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND” provides students with the opportunity to practice Would and Used To. Assuming they have practiced the structure for awhile, here´s what I suggest: First, students talk in pairs about their childhood. Then, they guess what the song is specifically about. Finally, they use the topics for conversation to write a paragraph.

Bye Bye

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “BYE BYE” is used here to practice Simple Past, Would and Used To for past memories and past habits. First, students share in pairs information on things they used to do as children (a game they used to play, a food they used to eat, a cartoon they used to watch, etc). After that, they listen to the song and find out about things the author and her late father used to do. Finally, they write about one past memory of theirs using the structure.

Family Portrait

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The activity designed for the song “FAMILY PORTRAIT” allows us to reflect and have a discussion on the type of families we had growing up and how they shaped our character. First, students guess what the singer was like when she was a kid. Then, they guess the type of family she had growing up. After that, they listen to the song and find out the type of family she had based on the lyrics. Finally, they engage into a discussion in which they share what it was like growing up in their families.