This ESL graffiti lesson plan is based on a video which presents the Beyond the Streets exhibition which featured over 100 graffiti artists, and touches upon the history of graffiti and street art. The worksheet includes some vocabulary tasks as well as two listening comprehension activities. Students will also have the possibility of expressing their opinion about this form of art.


Students start this graffiti lesson plan with a general warm-up discussion about art which includes some reference to street art as well. They have to answer questions and it’s your choice whether it should be an open discussion, a pair work or a group work. Next, they move to a word formation task. They get a few sentences and need to complete them with correct forms of words given in brackets. It includes such words as a curator, an exhibition, soften, etc., and most of them appear in the video they will watch later.


Before watching the video, students need to acquire some vocabulary that may facilitate listening to and understanding speakers from the video. They get four words and phrases in context which they need to match with correct meanings. Then, they move to the first listening comprehension task. In this activity they have to watch the video and answer a few questions. In the second task, students watch the video again and fill in the gaps in the sentences taken from the video. They need to complete them with one word each.


This graffiti lesson plan ends with a discussion. This time students get a list of statement about graffiti and street art and they need to tell whether they agree or disagree with them. Monitor your students and make them use various structures to express their opinions. You can even use our standalone extra worksheet for expressing opinions if you find a need to revise with your students different vocabulary and structures for giving opinions.


This extra worksheet supplements our lesson plan on graffiti and includes various words and phrases that more advanced students might use when talking about their preferences. There are two vocabulary tasks (including key word transformation) and one speaking activity in which students need to discuss and express their opinion about selected works of art. For the last task (discussion exercise) we picked a few works of art we thought people might either hate or love – if you want to use other artwork for this task, we recommend browsing Google Arts&Culture




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  1. Hi there,
    I like this lesson plan and the topic is interesting. I just wondered if it could be better to have the discussion questions before the vocabulary exercise on page 1. Just a thought!

    1. Audrey, thanks for the idea! Actually, when I think about it now, it seems much better to have discussion questions at the beginning of the lesson rather than the word formation task. We’ll definitely change the worksheets 🙂 Thanks!

    1. We mixed the columns in the Teacher’s Version and we’ve just fixed that. But that’s about it. Could you be more specific? We look at that pdf and can’t see other mistakes.


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