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Writing to narrate a story, TP 3
Pre-int level


In this lesson, the students will complete a reading exercise to identify time phrases (e.g. One day, two weeks later). They will practice using these phrases in a gap fill exercise to check meaning and form. Finally, the students will write their own story. This will give the students an opportunity to practice Past Simple and Past Continuous


Main Aims

  • Enable students to practice narrating a story in the past in the context of success stories

Subsidiary Aims

  • Enable students to practice use of time phrases, past simple and past continuous in the context of narrating a story.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in the concept of success.

On the board the students are shown a question- "what is success" In groups, students discuss what it means to them and they are given a handout as inspiration. They have 2 minutes to write down some ideas and then feedback to the class. Make a note of ideas on the board.

Reading for Gist (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text about a past situation.

Students identify the best title for a piece of writing Instructions - 1) Students in pairs please 2) Read the story and then choose the best title for the story 3) Handout the worksheet and monitor 4) Check with your table - did you get it right? (answer is b)

Highlighting language (4-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students work to identify time marker phrases. Instructions: 1) Students in groups 2) Look at the story again - find the time phrases please - write your answers on the sheet 3) Monitor and check progress 4) Reveal answers - did you get them right?

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Exercise 3 - students need to identify the correct time phrase out of a possible two options Instructions: 1) Show exercise on whiteboard 2) Choose the correct phrase 3) Work alone 4) Give out handouts 5) Monitor and check errors 6) Check your answers with your table 7) Feedback any issues

Controlled Practice 2 (4-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for freer practice

Students work to identify missing time phrases in a shorter text. This text sets them up for the final task - writing. Instructions: 1) Show the task on the paper 2) Work in pairs 2) Identify the missing words and write them in the gaps 3) Handout the exercise 4) Check with your table 5) Feedback any problems

Freer practice (11-13 minutes) • To enable students to practice using time phrases alongside different past tenses in the context of narrating a story

Students are required to finish off the story from the last exercise and produce a written story in groups. Instructions 1) Stay in groups 2) Show the handout again and indicate the next exercise 3) You now need to finish the story - what happens next 4) Write your story on coloured paper and stick it to the wall when you are finished. 5) Handout coloured paper for the stories. 5) Look at the other stories which is best? Teacher collects common errors for feedback 6) Announce a winner 7) Feedback

Extra time activity (4-5 minutes) • To enable students speaking practice using time phrases and past tenses in the context of a trip.

If the students work quickly, there may be time for an extended activity: Students work in groups and tell each other stories as an extension to the writing exercise which saw them narrating a story at the beach. Instructions 1) Now you will practice conversation 2) Use the handout to ask each other questions about trips 3) Handout exercise and monitor 4) Collect and give feedback

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