Ready-To-Use ESL Lesson: Memes meet Vocabulary

Esra Flora

Esra Flora

Community Manager at Antimatter
Los Angeles

Hey teacher friends! As an ESL adult myself, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to present our latest ready-to-use ESL lesson template for your classrooms. The "Memes meet Vocabulary" lesson plan is designed to seamlessly integrate the world of memes into your vocabulary enrichment exercise. Let's dive in.

Warm-Up and Video Insights

Our lesson kicks off with an engaging backstory about one of the most iconic memes in internet history—the Success Kid meme. We delve into how this meme emerged and became a viral sensation. To prepare students for the video activity, we provide them with the worksheet that has two discussion questions and the vocabulary words that will be featured in the video. As your students watch the video, complete with helpful captions, they'll take notes on these words and their potential meanings, fostering active engagement and comprehension. Here's the video link and the worksheet to share with your students:

Vocabulary Enrichment Practice

In the next phase of our lesson, students embark on a vocabulary journey with an amazing activity. They apply the newly learned words by creating memes using our Heatmap activity. This exercise encourages creative expression while reinforcing vocabulary retention. Once each student has created a minimum of three memes, the class comes together for a collective review.

This collaborative session not only sparks lively discussions but also provides an opportunity to upvote the most impressive memes together. As a class, you'll explore whether the words were used correctly in their respective contexts, fostering a deeper understanding of vocabulary usage. Here's our pre-set Memes meet Vocabulary - Success Kid activity template for you, just click on "Try Activity" and set up your deadline:

Additional note

In this template, we decided to use the infamous "Success Kid" meme and its background story; however, please feel free to use other examples that matches your vocabulary curriculum for the video.

If you try it, please let us know how it goes. And if you have any suggestions or have an idea for a lesson plan on Antimatter, please reach out to us at Cheers!