This is from a song workshop I gave some time ago. Take care with the copyright! Songs can be exploited in many ways:
During this skills lesson you might want to use background music where facilities allow. You will also need some samples of music, not necessarily just in English, but a variety of different genres
On the British Council’s site for young learners - LearnEnglish Kids - there are lots of stories which you can use to motivate your students.
This extract from Malorie Blackman's novel, Double Cross, is a dialogue between two people engaged in criminal activities.
Inua Ellam's poem, Candy Coated Unicorns And Converse All Stars, is a dark look at the plight of individuals set against violence, both of a domestic and of a general nature.
This extract from Andrew O’Hagan’s novel, Be Near Me, is centred around a boat trip that the narrator – a priest – is taking with two of his young parishioners.
Francesca Beard's poem, Baby Scorpion, deals with transformation and consequence. A baby scorpion crawls from a burning log in front of a couple who are keeping warm by the fire.
Sinéad Morrissey's poem, Genetics, gives us a wistful recollection of the poet as a celebration of the coming together of her parents.
Gillian Clarke's poem, Lament, is an elegy, an expression of grief. It can be a sad, military tune played on a bugle.
China Mieville's text is taken from the Prologue of his book called 'King Rat', and is the description of an ambitious rat setting off on a mission.