This is your song: fine-tuning comprehension and language skills

The students first fill in the fifty gaps in the text by looking for a word in each hexagon with the same number:

  • The words are no more than six letters long (they can also be two, three, four or five letters long!)
  • The words read in a clockwise or anti-clockwise fashion starting at any point in the hexagon. For example, the first word is “little” (a six-letter word with no extra letters in the hexagon); the second one is “funny” (the students circle the extra “e” in the hexagon, which they will need in the next step.)
  • It’s important that the students cross out the letters that they use, or circle the letters they have not used and which they will need later. Model the procedure with the first few words.


Your Song.pdf

Your Song Worksheet


Apart from working on spelling, the students will sometimes need to choose between different possible combinations (e.g. 7 – “have” or “go”?; 9 – “ten”, “net” or “buy”?) by looking at the text and focusing on meaning and context clues. In other cases, they will be facing problems related to agreement, number or tenses as they put their comprehension skills to the test.

Once the students have completed the fifty gaps (or most of them), have them write the nine words that can be read across each row A to I formed by the letters that have not been used and which are in the right order. The students read the text again and decide which box each word belongs to.

A forgotten – B feeling – C sweetest – D travelling – E potions – F forgetting – G everybody – H sculptor – I wonderful

This exercise in reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and spelling is finally checked by listening to “Your Song” by Elton John (1970). The students correct any mistakes as they listen and identify any problems they’ve had.


Pathways to Accuracy: “Somewhere Only We Know”


Making the right choices: “Lean On Me”


Don’t Get Me Wrong


13 thoughts on “This is your song: fine-tuning comprehension and language skills”

  1. Very nice materials. Fresh. Can you provide the template so we can make the same activity for other songs? Thankyou.


    1. Hi Richard,
      Thank you! I can send you the original PowePoint file, but I don’t think it’d be easy to adapt to other songs… You can cut or paste rows of hexagons to adapt it, but that would take time. (It’s fun, though! 🙂 ) E-mail me at if you still want me to send it to you.


  2. Hello there! It’s hard to find anything interesting about this topic (that is not overly simplistic), because everything related to 3D seems rather complicated. You however sound like you know what you’re talking about 🙂 Thank you for finding time to write good content for us!


  3. How creative, wow! I’m only slightly worried that 50 could be a little bit much for my students. I’d probably try to get them to work in groups and barbarically cut the whole thing into smaller chunks (sorry!), letting every group focus on their own bit. This is superb! I don’t know how you manage to come up with all these gems. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely words! The activity may well take some 60 minutes or more, but I think your adaptation will make it much more interesting! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂


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