Past simple tense lesson
Preintermediate level
Materials
Main Aims

To provide practice of the past simple tense in the context of a fairy tale of a princess and an ogre.
Subsidiary Aims

To provide product writing practice of a story ending in the context of a fairy tale of a princess and an ogre

To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about a fairy tales in the context of of an ogre who fell in love with a princess
Procedure (3143 minutes)
Teacher tells students that they need to guess what is the lesson about through a picture T shows an extremely zoomedin picture of the Shriek fairy tale. T keeps zooming out for the students until they guess it right. Possible guesses: story, princess, marriage. T asks students is this a normal prince charming?Possible answers: No T asks students is he a human?
T asks sts to get a piece of paper and write down any verb that comes to their mind T asks students to crumble this paper. T then asks a student to throw the paper at at of their colleagues. T tells student to pick it up and give the past form of the verb in the paper. Then the game proceeds until all papers are done.
T shows students these question through the data show, and ask them to answer them in pairs 1 Who is this fairy tale about? Possible answers: a princess and an ogre 2 Where does the princess live? Faraway land T takes a whole class feedback.
T asks students to write down the verbs.Then T erases them. T asks sts to note down the subjects of each sentences . Then T erases them. T asks sts to note down the phrases in the sentences, Then T erases them. T then erases the whole text, and tells students that they are going to write the whole story from their memory using their notes in groups of three.T stresses the fact that each member need to write the story in his OWN notebook T asks students the following ICQ? Do you work alone or in groups?Possible answer: groups How are you going to write down the whole text again? Possible answers: from our notes Does every group have only one written version of the story? Possible answers: no every member needs to write down T then group the students into three groups ( Cinderella Snow white Aurora) Regrouping: After the students had finished their first version of the text. T then asks one from each group to change places with the other group members like so: (3 Cinderella+ 1 Aurora) ( 3 Snow white + 1 Cinderella) ( 2 Aurora + 1 Snow white) T then tells students to get back to their original groups and reconstruct the text again. Students then share their version and add to their story.
T leads the students to the middle of the room and starts clapping and singing. If there is enough time, the chant can be done in various ways( singing miming singing with acting different students taking turns to sing)
T then hands each group a flip chart and asks them to write down a new ending to this fairy tale. T then asks students to hang their work on the wall behind them. Students move around the classroom to read and give a star to their best choice.
T then refers the students back to the learning outcomes. T asks students which part did they enjoy the most. Why?