Hazard: Simple Past 2

Age: Older Teens & Adults

Here is another possible way to work with the song “HAZARD”. First, students work on the Simple Past of a few verbs which happen to be in the lyrics and share them with a peer. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks provided with the same verbs. After that, based on the lyrics, they guess what it is about and finally watch the video of the song to check whether they were right.

A Beautiful Lie

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The goal here is to guess the meaning of the song “A BEAUTIFUL LIE”. First, students watch the video of the song (with no sound) and say what they think. Then, they listen to the song and read the lyrics in order to check wether they were right. After that, they discuss in pairs and say what “a beautiful lie” means.

Pass Me By

Age: Teens

The activities proposed for the song “PASS ME BY” are the ones below:

OPTION 1: The activity suggested here relies entirely on the video, therefore the lyrics are not found here. It comes down to a writing activity which goes like this: First, students will engage into a conversation about their friends and the activities they usually do together. After that, they watch the video (with no sound) and answer some questions provided by the teacher. Finally, they write about a trip they took with their peeps.

OPTION 2: Students put some biographical information together and talk about the band. Then, they are introduced to the vocabulary necessary to understand the lyrics. After that, they listen to the song and put it in the order they hear them. Finally, they write down the new words and their definitions.

Animals

Age: Adults

The song “ANIMALS” can be used to review Metaphors, Analogies and Similes. There are also Phrasal Verbs in it, so it´s up to you what to focus on. My suggestion for this song is the following: First, students google and find a definition for metaphor, analogy and simile. After they understand the difference among the three, they listen to the song and try to identify in the lyrics at least one of them. After that, they say whether they think the song has a positive or a negative message and explain why. Finally, they read an article on the song and check whether they see eye to eye.

Woman in Chains

Age: Older Teens and Adults

The song “WOMAN IN CHAINS” can be used to engage students into a conversation about the role of men and women in society. First, they are introduced to the vocabulary presented in the song and guess what it is about. Then, they listen to the song (which will mislead them to think that it is about one thing when in reality it is about something else). After they listen to the song, they say what they think and watch a video in which they find out what the meaning really is. Finally, they say whether they agree with the author or not.

Beautiful

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “BEAUTIFUL” is a good song to discuss self image, an issue teenagers relate to. First, students, in pairs, describe each other. Then, they report what they heard to a third person who will say whether their description was accurate or not. Then, they listen to the song and find mistakes in it. After that, they say whether they agree that we are more beautiful than we think. Finally, they write a piece on the topic.

Heal The World

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “HEAL THE WORLD” is used here to engage students into a discussion on world issues. First, students watch the video of the song and guess what it is about. Then, they are introduced to the vocabulary needed to understand the lyrics. After that, they listen to the song again and read the lyrics to check comprehension. Finally, they write a letter to their children telling them what kind of people they expect their children to be when they grow up.

The other option for the song is to focus on the verb THERE TOBE.

Hazard: Creative Writing

Age: Older Teens & Adults

Creative Writing is also something that can be done with the song “HAZARD” . First, assuming students have learned and practiced the past form of the verbs for some time, students write the past of verbs present in the lyrics. After that, they write a short story of their own using the same verbs. After sharing their stories, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks. To wrap the activity up, they say what they think the song is about and watch the video, so they can check whether they were right.

Hazard: Role Play

Age: Older Teens & Adults

Since the song “HAZARD” is about a crime, it also allows students to engage into a role-play, in which (arranged in two groups and after watching the video of the song) they collect and present evidence that proves the man is innocent or guilty of the crime. In the end, they present their evidence to the judge (who happens to be the teacher), who will announce a verdict.

Hazard: Passive Voice

Age: Older Teens & Adults
Another possible way to use the song “HAZARD” is to practice Passive Voice. First, students match words and their definitions. When they finish, they have to try to guess what the song is about based on these words. If they don´t, they will listen to the song and try again. In case they still don´t, they will watch the video of the song and try again. At this point, they will be able to say what the song is about. In the end, they write sentences using the structure learned.