Hand in my Pocket by Alanis Morissette- Adjectives

Before class, photocopy and cut up the cards- one pack per 2 or 3 students. Take out any vocab that is too difficult for your group of students (e.g. wrong).

Students listen the first time and count the number of times she sings “I’m” in the song (do the first couple of examples as a class). There are 34 “I’m”s.

Ask if students understood any of the words that came after I’m (happy etc.)

Give out the packs of cards to groups of 2s or 3s. Students listen again a couple of times and try to put the cards in order

If you like, give out copies of whole lyrics to take away.

 

Cards

 Happy  Poor  Kind  Short
 Healthy  Lost  Drunk  Tired
 Wrong  Sorry  Free  Hard
 Friendly  Sad  Sick  Pretty

Hand in my pocket by Alanis Morissette- Adjectives

Full lyrics

I’m broke but I’m happy
I’m poor but I’m kind
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high but I’m grounded
I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed
I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine
I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five
I feel drunk but I’m sober
I’m young and I’m underpaid
I’m tired but I’m working, yeah
I care but I’m restless
I’m here but I’m really gone
I’m wrong and I’m sorry baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be quite alright
I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette
And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign
I’m free but I’m focused
I’m green but I’m wise
I’m hard but I’m friendly baby
I’m sad but I’m laughing
I’m brave but I’m chickenshit
I’m sick but I’m pretty baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano
And what it all comes down to my friends
Is that everything’s just fine fine fine
I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab

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PDF version for easy printing: Hand in my pocket Alanis Morissette

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