Protest Vocabulary Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through activities in this lesson plan, you can help your students improve their listening, reading, and writing skills while learning vocabulary and information related to protests, including protest songs and protest movements.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify and define vocabulary terms related to protests
  • state examples of reasons that people have protested
  • analyze a protest song
  • discuss issues related to protests


1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 9-12.2

ELLs participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 9-12.4

ELLs will construct grade-appropriate oral and written claims and support them with reasoning and evidence.

  • ELP 9-12.7

ELLs will determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

  • ELP 9-12.9

ELLs will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.


  • A short news video of a recent protest (There are many of these available free from online news and video sites.)
  • Projector or SMART Board
  • Internet access
  • Computer
  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • 'Eve of Destruction' song recording
  • 'Eve of Destruction' song lyrics (one copy per student or display using projector)
  • Materials for creating protest posters (poster board, markers)
  • An image depicting each vocabulary word in the Vocabulary list.


  • Boycott
  • Chant
  • Civil disobedience
  • Hunger strike
  • March
  • Megaphone
  • Nonviolent resistance
  • Picket
  • Placard
  • Poster
  • Protest
  • Protestor
  • Protest Song
  • Rally
  • Sign
  • Slogan

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