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Wh Questions in the past simple
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn how to ask wh questions in the past simple. They will also practice speaking depending on the newly learnt rules. Finally, they will form the correct questions to some different situations.


Abc Student's book-Unit P.49 EX.7-10
Abc White Board
Abc Pictures
Abc hang-outs

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Wh questions in the past simple in the context of past events

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a forming questions and conversations in the context of past events


Lead In (3 minutes) • Engage the students

To display some pictures of famous characters and ask students whether they know them or not and why they are famous in history. To help the students elicit that those people lived in the past not now.

Pre-teach (2-3 minutes) • To provide Ss with essential lexis

During discussing the pictures, i will introduce some of the words that students may not know them and I will need them in the next stage e.g. flew, explorer.

Gist Task (5-7 minutes) • To introduce the context

I will display the context. I will ask students to do the puzzle in pairs. Then, I will provide them with an answer key. I will check which pair had the most correct answers

Presentation (6-8 minutes) • Eliciting the target language

To write the first wh/question on the board and to help students elicit that we use this question to ask about past events. To write its form on the board. to have students repeat the question many tomes chorally and individually. to have students elicit the target language themselves.

Modelling (3-5 minutes) • To work through the analysis of the wh/questions.

I will have students go to the broad and write the different parts of the other wh/questions in their right places following the given model.

Controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • To re-arrange the different parts of the past simple wh/questions.

To have students unscramble the words to from correct wh/questions. They will work in pairs. They will do peer check. Students write the answers on the board. WCFB will be given if needed.Then, They will practice the questions in pairs asking and answering each other.Then, they exchange their roles. I will monitor them closely to make sure they are on the task.

Free Practice (10-12 minutes) • Form wh/questions and answers.

To show the class my timeline that has three past events in my life. I will ask students to ask me wh/ questions about those events. Then, in pairs students ask each other similarly about three past events in their timelines. they can take turns.They can do it in pairs in front of the class in form of short conversations. Also, There will be a game between two teams. The winner team will be the one that forms more correct wh/questions about four given sentences.

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