Lyrics lesson

Students learn about and then teach the meanings of lyrics of popular songs to their peers.

Teams of 3-5 students can pick their song from the list of approved songs below.

Lyric Presentation Project

Presentation must be conducted entirely in English!

  1. Prepare an activity worksheet for their peers.
  2. Explain their worksheet activity and presentation.
  3. Present their song to convey the meaning of the lyrics.


  • It may be drafted in Microsoft Word or any text editor and printed, or neatly written to be photocopied.
  • It may include pictures.
  • It must include a minimum of 100 words of English lyrics


  • This should be performed singing as a theatrical dialogue/skit.
  • Must use gestures, body language, and emotion to convey the meaning of the lyrics.
    • Use mock situations and exaggerated acting.

Grading - teams will be scored on the following criteria:

  • Activity worksheet
    • (100 or more words) English lyrics used and explained
    • Creativity
    • Neatness
  • Presentation
    • Well organized
    • Good explanation of worksheet activity
    • Performance
      • Engaging - well rehearsed/interesting
      • Effective - how well did they convey the meaning of their song lyrics
    • Good presentation style
      • Eye contact (not looking down at papers)
      • Use of gestures/emotions
      • Pronunciation
      • Loud enough for teachers in the back of the classroom to hear
    • Worksheet review
      • Organization
      • Classroom engagement
    • All team members were involved

Groups (examples)

2-nensei A

  • RIGC: Loser Like Me
  • Good Team: Good Time
  • Yugamu: When I'm Gone
  • OKH: Call Me Maybe
  • NICEDESU: The Lazy Song

2-nensei B

  • : Anna Kendrick - When I'm gone
  • : Carly Rae Jepsen - Call me maybe
  • : Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song
  • : Glee Cast - Loser like me
  • : Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - Good time


  • Team Kaede: Katy Perry - Teenage dream
  • Team R.A.A.M.: One Direction - What makes you beautiful
  • Team Tom: Austin - Say something
  • Men A Key: One OK Rock - Heartache *****Japanese
  • Team Makishi: Frozen - Let it go


Translating lyrics

1. Log In

  • username: student
  • password: *********

2. SpeakRaku > Songs > Find your song

3. Click Edit

4. Add "Literal Translations" and "Meaningful Translations".


Extra - If your team finishes early, ask David-sensei to help you add your worksheet!


Song list youtube videos

Artist Song
5 Seconds of Summer Good girls
5th Harmony Boss
Aladdin Whole new world
Anna Kendrick When I'm gone
Ariana Grande Break free
  My everything
Austin Mahone Heart in my mind
  Say something
  Say you're just a friend
Avril Lavigne Girlfriend
  Hello kitty
  My ending story
  Who knows
  Wish you were here
Bon Jovi Livin' on a prayer
Bruno Mars If I knew
  It will rain
  Marry you


The lazy day
  When I was your man
Carly Rae Jepsen Call me maybe
  Good time
  I really like you
Chanelle Baby I love you
Cheap Trick Surrender
Daft Punk Get lucky
Daniel Potter Bad day
Darwin Dessert
Deep Purple Smoke on the water
Flo Rida Low
Frozen For the first time in forever
  Let it go
  Love is an open door
Fun Some nights
Glee - Cover A loser like me
  Hot for teacher
  I'm the only one
  Let's have a kiki
High School Musical The start of something new
Irene Cara What a feeling
Jessie J Who's laughing now?
Justin Bieber Baby
  Beauty and beat
  Love yourself
  What do you mean?
Katy Perry Teenage dream
  The one that got away
Kurt Huge Schneider I'll think of you
Little Mix Black Magic
LMFAO Party rock
Maroon 5 Sugar
Michael Jackson Earth song
  Heal the world
  We are children
  We are the world
Nickelback Someday
One OK Rock Heartache
One Direction Happily
  Little things
  Live while you're young
  No control
  One thing
  What makes you beautiful
P!nk Just give me a reason
Pitbull International love

Don't stop me now

  Your best friend
R5 Alright
Sekai no Owari Anti-hero
Selena Gomez Hands to myself
Shakira Try everything
Simple Plan Summer Paradise
Stacie Orrico Strick
Tangled I see the light
Taylor Swift 22
  Sparks fly
  Speak now
The Beatles A hard day's night
  Hello, goodbye
  Let it be
The Little Mermaid Under the sea
The Lion King Can you feel the love tonight?
Train Hey soul sister
Wake Me Up Avicii
Walk the Moon Shut up and dance
Wiz Khalifa See you again
Miscellaneous ABC Song
See also
Junior High
High School
lyric handouts