Aleksei Kudriashov Aleksei Kudriashov

Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss learn about writing using past perfect tense. The lesson is carried on with the focus on poem writing, particularly. The activities proceed from a simpler model to a more difficult draft and a free writing.


Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a poem in the context of past results of past actions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a debate in the context of a poem on past results of past actions


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Cartoon on passing through the seasons is demonstrated (C) Row, row, row your boat (C) Gently down the stream. (F) Merely, merely, merely (G) Life is but a dream. To ask students what are the four different pictures in the end (4 seasons).

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

To elicit the name of seasons and ask what is the difference between them (temperatures and colours). Write on the WB names of seasons + 'is' and elicit their characteristics (one column is enough): Spring is warm green Summer is hot bright Autumn is chilly yellow Winter is cold white Eliciting questions (for colours): What colour is winter? What is a rhyme for white? What about autumn? Let’s think about spring.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Turn the poem into a past perfect poem by modelling the first and the third lines and ask Ss to work out in groups two other lines: The spring was green because you’d smiled, The summer was bright with love you’d caused. The autumn was yellow after you’d cried, The winter was cold because you’d been lost. To elicit what was first in time and what was the result.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Preparation: Ask to brainstorm the ideas and write it down in groups about 4 prepared pictures: a girl under the rain at the railway station, a boy - an old man, a flower under snow, a girl at her favourite place in the forest. Ask ss to write a four lines poems about what happened in the past on the pictures with the help of past perfect in groups. If it puzzles students ask to write them just one sentence each and later combine in a kind of poem. Monitor and help, when needed.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ask four groups to write their poems on the board (1, 2, 3, 4) and then read them aloud. Ask other groups to correct the mistakes, they can find. Then, ask Ss vote for the best poem except theirs. Collect and see whose poem was selected as the best one. If time allows, to play the selected poem with the guitar. If time allows more, to make another round but with a free subject and individually. To exchange the written poems as gifts to each other.

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