To provide clarification, review and practice of "used to (do)" and "would" in the context of childhood
To provide product writing practice of a short creative semi-controlled text in the context of childh
Procedure (39-51 minutes)
I will start off with a story about my childhood, recalling some pleasant memories of my sisters and I. Then I will ask the students to start thinking about their own younger days, thinking back to how things may be different than they thought they would be. I will take a poll: Who in this classroom is exactly where they thought they would be 15-20 years ago? I will ask any students willing to share what their thoughts were as a child compared to the reality of their life now.
Students will be exposed to the structure "used to" and asked to think back to their childhood on things that they used to do. We will go over the proper form by looking at model texts on the power point presentation. Students will share at least one sentence verbally with the class to demonstrate understanding before moving on to the task.
The task that the students will be asked to do is a semi-controlled text creation which is taken from the book, Teaching Grammar Creatively (2006, Gerngross, Puchta, Thornbury, Cambridge University Press pg. 48). They will use the language that they have been exposed to in order to complete the task.
Students can work with a partner to check their language and structures for the first couple of minutes of this stage, helping to each other to correct any errors. Once they feel comfortable with their completed task, a number of students will be individually nominated to share the text that they created with the class.
At this point, I will write on the board "used to (do)" and "would" explaining that these can both be used to describe events from the past. I will use a time line, showing the past up to now, clearly illustrating that these events no longer happen in the present tense. I will also go over the pronunciation of the word "used" which may be problematic at first, emphasizing that there is only one syllable though choral drilling.
Students will be given a handout to practice and show what they have learned. Students will practice the grammar "used to" and "would" by completing exercises on the handout, which are taken from English Grammar in Use (pages 37 and 73). Students may work with a partner on this.