Past Perfect Tense, The Mystery Story
To provide process and product writing practice of a creative story serie in the context of mystery
To provide clarification and practice of past perfect tense in the context of a mystery story.
To provide accuracy speaking practice in creating stories in the context of mystery
To provide clarification of vocabulary
To provide detailed reading practice using a text about past perfect tense in the context of a mystery story.
To provide gist listening practice using a text about past perfect tense in the context of a mystery story.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Teachers draws a word hedgehog on the board and ask students to come and write/draw whatever it recalls to them.
First of all, teacher plays the audio and ask students to listen to it very carefully. Teacher presents the meaning of some words from the text on a PPT or miming, acting. Then; ask students to check under their desks/table. ( Teacher puts paragraphs under each desks before class starts.) Students find paragraphs from the text. Teacher asks them to order paragraphs within groups of four.) Each group chooses one speaker in on behalf of the group and read one paragraph from the text, so the correct order is provided by groups and controlled by the teacher.
Teacher asks students to fill in the balnks in the text in pairs.
First, teacher writes the sentences which are asked to be filled in on the board and asks answers to students and elicits the correct answers and write them down. Then, teacher asks students to decide which action/ sentence happened first. Teacher takes notes under sentences according to answers from students.And teacher formulizes the rule for affirmative, interrogative and question sentences. Later, teacher draws a timeline on the board and indicates tenses on it, provides one sample for each tenses, so tenses can be revised too. Teacher asks students to write at least two sentences by using before and/or after in pairs; elicits some sentences ( especially wrong ones, so mistakes can be edited before becoming fossil mistakes.) and write them down and analyizes them with whole class.
Completing and making sentences worksheet are provided for students, students work in pairs; teacher monitors and help one by one. answers are given by whole class. Mistakes are written on the board and edited.
Teacher and students create four different stations in the classroom and there is one mystery picture at each stations. Teacher asks students to work in groups of four or five, depending the umber of the class. Each team starts creating a story related to the picture at their station and wirte it down on the paper at the station. Each team has got 3 minutes at each stations. When teacher gives a signal; a song, applause etc..., teams move to the next station. At the end of the activity, one speaker from each team reads the last version of stories. Drawing is free, mother tongue can be used if needed, but not preferred. teacher only monitors. At the end mistakes are written on the board by the teacher and corrected all together.