Lesson Plan for English class with student worksheet – Bucket List

Feel free to use this Lesson Plan for English class and I think it’s easily adaptable for most levels. Even if you have a low-level class of say, Pre-Ints, a Demand High advocate would probably say that you should use these kind of authentic video materials anyway.

The Lesson Instructions contained here are designed to help inexperienced, neebie teachers. So don’t take offence all the rest of you TEFL dinosaurs! 🙂

Download the STUDENT WORKSHEET by clicking on the link immediately below
Free TEFL Lesson Plan – Bucket List

Section 1: Prediction & Videos

Elicit from the class what a Bucket List is.
(Things you really want to do before you die)

Work through these two videos using the questions/exercises on the Student Worksheet. Repeat the sections of the videos enough times until it is apparant that your learners all have understood the relevant parts.

MAX (0:50 – 1:26)

GABBY (0:00 – 2:05)


Section 2: Average Bucket List

Refer to the downloadable Teacher’s Handout for answers.

With each task, put your class into different groupings so that every class memebr talks to everyone else. Monitor for good and incorrect language usage. Use the board to highlight the things you noted down. Use different forms of error correction after each task so as not to get boring.


Section 3: Regrets

Regrets of the dying matching: Get groups to match the two sentence halves together
copy and cut out the two parts and get Students to match like a jigsaw.

After matching the regrets to the paragraphs, make sure you include the conversation question: Considering that none of the average or classic items from a bucket list are included in the wishes of the dying, is it useful/important/worthwhile to make a bucket list?

Maybe you could split the class in two groups (FOR and AGAINST Bucket Lists) and have a debate.
Help the groups plan their arguments before debating, so that both groups have an equal or similar number of points that they can debate with.



As you go through the lesson (and definitely before the end), get students to note down all the “good stuff” – all the useful language that emerges throughout the lesson.

You should have boarded all of this language through your monitoring or re-eleciting throughout the lesson.

Make a note of this language yourself before you wipe the board. Re-elicit the language in the next lesson and throughout your course!

Download the TEACHER’s ANSWERS
Free Lesson Plan for English Class – Bucket List Teacher Answers


Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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One Response to Lesson Plan for English class with student worksheet – Bucket List

  1. Tom Bradley says:

    This is a great topic, and I was given a similar lesson plan by someone else that I’ve used really successfully. He used this video to introduce the idea of bucket lists:


    It’s maybe more suitable for higher levels, but it provokes a lot of discussion about his style and if he’s really saying anything new. A good gist task is to ask which famous incident he’s talking about.

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