Song Lessons: Could've Been

Do not lament the approach to teaching the past tense modal that could have been. Instead use the lyrics from Tiffany's song, "Could've Been" to model this modal for young grammarians.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Videos of Tiffany performing her song are available on YouTube
  • Although designed for ESL/ELD classes, the lesson is appropriate for native English speakers as well
Classroom Considerations

  • The seventh in a series of 10 resources that use songs to teach grammar principles
Pros

  • The four-page packet includes a detailed lesson, a vocabulary list, worksheets, discussion questions, and writing prompts
Cons

  • None
Common Core

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  • "Could Have Been"