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Past simple tense lesson
Pre-intermediate level


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


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students, and to double check the students know the meaning of the word ogre

Teacher tells students that they need to guess what is the lesson about through a picture T shows an extremely zoomed-in 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?

Recycling • To revise some of the verb tenses in the past form

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.

Pre-Reading/Listening (1-2 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

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.

While-Reading (dictogloss) (5-10 minutes) • To get students to analyze the sentence structure ( Subject, Verb, Phrases)

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.

The chant practice (14-16 minutes) • To allow students to practice saying/singing the verbs in the fairytale

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)

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

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.

Wrap-up • To assess students reaction to the lesson

T then refers the students back to the learning outcomes. T asks students which part did they enjoy the most. Why?

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