Ugly Kid Joe: Cat’s in the cradle

Tags: New Year’s resolutionsspeaking

Level: Intermediate, Upper Intermediate




Show your students this advertisement. If you turn on the captions you get English subtitles.

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Ask (groups of) students to prepare to retell the story from the point of view of different people.

Share the stories.

Ask groups to create a joint commentary to the video, commenting on why it has touched them.



Ask students to listen to the song and follow the lyrics on screen.


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Ask groups to talk about how these two videos are related and what conclusions they can draw from them. Have groups prepare a statement and report it.



Ask students or groups to devise a list of what they need to do/change in the next days or weeks so that they do not live the same life.

If it is appropriate (I am doing this just before New Year) ask students to write down and perhaps even share their personal New Year’s resolutions.

STEP 5 (optional)

Have groups of students research what the meaning of the chorus is and “translate” it to their own language by using similar references. Wikipedia gives quite some info on it here


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