The past tense of be
Talk about your weekend
Describe your past activities
Tell someone about an event
To provide practice of the past tense of verb to be in the context of past events
Procedure (70-105 minutes)
The teacher writes on the board sentences using the past tense of be and some past tense expressions. Then asks the students about what the phrases are expressing. Students identify the meaning and relate it to the verb to be in present.
Students observe the vocabulary on page 88, and repeat it after an audio in order to get the correct pronunciation. To check comprehension, the teacher asks questions about the days before. Then students listen to the audio about decades and centuries, they repeat it as well.
Students do the listening comprehension. First they read in low voice the years provided for the activity, then they proceed to listen and circle the year they hear. Teacher explains that in English years are usually divided into sets of two digits.
The teacher focus the use of the target language along with the past tense of verb to be. Guided by the teacher, students read the grammar box, The teacher writes on the board some examples with blanks for the students to fill with the correct form of be, the teacher elicits some students.
In pairs, students take turns asking each other the questions on the grammar practice from page 89, using the information provided. They write down the sentences they form for the answers, then they share it with the group to compare answers, and verify if they are correct.
Students work individually on page 143, activity 1, in order to practice the correct use of "was" and "were" according to the subject of the sentence. Teacher checks the activity individually.
The teacher writes on the board several questions about past events using the past form of be. Students answer the questions individually, and then interview their classmates. Finally they share their results with the whole group.