Why are you lying on the pavement? Are you drunk? In this activity, students explore issues that are raised in the video before acting out the street scene with a script.
- Language level: Elementary – Intermediate (A1 – B1)
- Learner type: Young learners; Teens; Adults
- Time: 60 – 90 minutes
- Main activity: Drama; Role play
- Topic: Psychology and behaviour
- Language: Negative auxiliaries; Modal auxiliaries; Perfect tenses; Adjectives; The verb Let; The adverb Just
- Materials: Music video and worksheets
Lesson plan outline
Before your students enter the classroom, draw the outline of a person on the floor. To do this, ask a colleague to trace around you with crayon, chalk or sticky tape while you lie on the floor. Alternatively, make a paper cut-out: Tape sheets of flipchart paper together, draw around someone lying on top of it and cut it out.
- As students enter the classroom, note any reactions to the figure on the floor but try not to get involved in any discussion at this stage
- Ask everyone to sit around the figure.
- Ask students to offer explanations for the presence of the figure. They may suggest that the person is dead. After a few suggestions, tell students that the person is alive and conscious (don’t let anyone step on him!)
- Ask any of the following questions and aim for a class discussion:
- What do you know about the story of the Good Samaritan?
- Has anyone ever found someone lying in the street like this? Where, when, what did you do?
- If you found someone lying in the street in your town, what would you do?
- What about if you found someone lying in the street in London or New York (or any other large unfamiliar city)? Would it be different? Why?
- Would you act differently if it was a man or a woman?
- What if the person was well-dressed (wearing a suit and tie for example)?
- Ask students to go onto discussion forums and blogs to find out the various theories and ideas about what the man says at the end of the video.
- Students might be interested to know that producer Mark Ronson did a cover of the Radiohead song, the video of which satirises the street scene.