Roar – Katy Perry – ESL lesson plan

The song “Roar” perfectly fits the topic of gender roles/stereotypes, feminism. Besides, it’s a great source of idioms, set expressions and phrasal verbs. 

That’s how I would use it in class.

1. Tell the students that we’re going to study 7 new expressions (slides 2-4). Having introduced them, I’d ask some questions to use them in speech.

  • 1. Can you think of a moment when you wanted to speak up, but had to hold your tongue?
  • 2. Are you the kind of person who rocks the boat or holds his/her tongue?
  • 3. What does Greenpeace stand for?
  • 4. Have you ever fallen for April Fool’s Day jokes?

2. I’d tell that these expressions come from a song, and we’re going to read and discuss the lyrics of the song first. (slide 5-6)

3. Listen to the song (just the song, not the music video), follow the lyrics and do a short gap-fill (slide 7)

4. Make sure it’s clear what the words “the eye of the tiger”, “roar” mean.

5. Watch the music video and discuss the message of the song and how the video adds to it.