TP 3: Narrative tenses
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss are going to learn narrative tenses based on past tense (past simple, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous) which they have learned before. The main aim is reading a text about a strange narration (news) and then speaking about the story. The sub-aim is to have a review on Wh-questions and having a pair-work discussion about the story by making Wh-questions and then answering them.


Abc handout papers, sound track, powerpoint presentation

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about a narrative story in the context of news

Subsidiary Aims

  • Asking and answering Wh-questions with a variety of narrative tenses


stage 1: warm-up (1-1 minutes) • introducing Ss to the context of "interesting news stories"

- Playing a soundtrack and letting Ss guess the topic - Brainstorming - Asking Ss if they have ever heard about strange news

stage 2: Lead-in (2 minutes) • Introducing Ss to the story

- asking Ss to talk about their experiences in having or hearing bizarre news - joining them and listening to their discussions to correct their possible mistakes in terms of pronunciations, conjunctions and form

stage 3: recalling past tenses as related to narrative tenses (2 minutes) • a quick review of past tenses

- showing a powerpoint slide - asking a volunteer to go to the WB and match each tense to the appropriate sentence

stage 4: pre-reading task (5 minutes) • predicting the reading topic before reading the text

- handout the pictures - ask them to predict the story - ask Ss to guess the answer of the question mentioned - ask Ss to write their own Wh-questions with as below: Who...? Where...? How.....? When.....? What....? Why.....?

stage 5: reading (15-20 minutes) • reading for details

- give the due instructions before handing out the reading papers - set a time-limit between 15-20 minutes - ask them to read the text individually - make sure that they do not do it as a pair-work activity - ask them to find the answer of the main question (What is the story about?) - ask them to find the answer of their own questions as mentioned in the previous stage - ask them to check their answers in pairs

stage 6: post-reading task (listening) (2 minutes) • recognizing narrative tenses

- play the listening - checking students' answers with the answers mentioned in the listening

stage 7: listening (10 minutes) • finding the detailed answers

- handout the papers - ask Ss to read the blank-including questions first to have a knowledge of the listening - play the listening - ask Ss to listen to the listening carefully - set a time-limit - ask Ss to fill in the blanks on the handouts individually - Ask Ss to check the answers with their partners - nominate Ss to read the answers - Show the correct answers as the final slide to check their answers

stage 8: production (speaking) (8 minutes) • discuss the activity in the context of interesting/bizarre news

- give instructions - ask the main question: "Do you think it's possible to live so long with only snow to eat?" - ask them to speak in pairs - join each pair to check their ideas - correct their possible errors - checking CCQs - give handouts (transcripts) to make sure they have understood the whole story

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