Lesson Plan with the Song
"Wind of Change"
It's a good idea to include
different kinds of activities in your lesson plans to keep your classes
interesting and fun. Students love to work with music, especially songs
that talk about topics that are real and interesting to them. Use this
complete lesson plan to work with the song "Wind of Change" by
Scorpions with your intermediate or advanced English students.
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If you're looking to have some fun with a great song that can teach
your students about vocabulary and also stimulate an interesting
conversation about history and current events, try out this lesson plan
for the song "Wind of Change" by the band Scorpions.
Before you begin working with your students, listen to the song
. Remember that it is very
important to always work with legal digital videos! You can check the
information under the video to see that the copyright is correctly
attributed and that the user has the right to share the video.
Review the lyrics, which you can easily find online. Print out copies
of the lyrics for your students.
1. Introduction (10 minutes)
Begin by telling your students a little bit about the song. It was
recorded in 1990 by the band Scorpions. Although the song is in
English, the band is from Germany! This is important when we think
about the historical context of the song.
Begin by asking your students what they know about German history
during the late 1980s.
Some of your students might remember that in 1989, the
Berlin Wall was demolished
. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961
and divided East Berlin from West Berlin. These two territories were
important in the Cold War, a power struggle between the Soviet Union
and Western powers like the United States and Great Britain.
You do not need to be a history expert to talk about these events. The
most important thing for you and your students to discuss is that the
wall represented a physical barrier constructed for political reasons.
Many people could not see their family members or move freely just
because they lived on one side of the wall.
Have a brief discussion
about what it might be like to live in that kind of situation. Remind
your students that after the wall was demolished in a wave of popular
demonstrations, Germany was reunited in 1990. What is their opinion
2. Listen to the song (15 minutes)
Now you and your students are ready to listen to the song together. Be
sure they all have their worksheets with the lyrics on them so that
they can follow along as they listen.
Have them underline
any words they don't understand. You will go over them after you listen
to the song together. If they can see the video, you can also have them
pay attention to some of the images.
If you want, you can leave
some blank spaces
in the lyrics and have your students
fill them in. You should do this with words that are easy to understand
and are repeated in the song. Decide whether to do this based on your
Once the song is finished, work together to define any new words
Be sure to look up any expressions or names you don't know on the
internet before class!
3. Discussion (10 minutes)
What did your students think of the song? Do they enjoy this type of
music? What did they think about the lyrics? Now that you have listened
to the song and talked about the context, do your students think the
song is about history?
If the students did not understand all the words or need another chance
to fill in some of the blanks, you
can listen to the song again
4. Writing activity (15 minutes)
Now it is time for your students to be
! Give them some of the most important phrases in
the song and have them write their own ideas about what these phrases
mean to them.
You can use:
- "the children of tomorrow"
- "the wind of change"
- "freedom bell"
- "the future's in the air"
- "share their dreams"
They can associate these phrases with historical events, their own
ideas about the future, the images in the video, their own lives, etc.
Once they have had time to write down their ideas, they should share them
rest of the class.
If you have three or four students, you can all share your ideas
together. If you have a larger class, this is a good opportunity for
group or pair work. You can move
around the room
to help the students talk in English about
5. Wrap-up (10 minutes)
You and your students have done great
! You should use the last ten minutes to answer any
last questions your students may have.
You can review the new
words that you learned and have your students
help you use them in sentences to be sure they understand. You can also
write some of the most interesting ideas your students had on the board
so that everyone can discuss them.
Give your students a short
activity to do at home
with the skills and topics you've
worked on today. You might ask them to research
Wall or some other historical event that has come up in the discussion.
You might also ask them to read about the band Scorpions on the
internet. Be sure they read in English and write a few sentences
about what they learned to share in the next class.
Keeping your lessons fun and interesting will help your students be