Upper Intermediate level
To provide clarification, review and practice
To provide fluency and accuracy
Procedure (40-52 minutes)
T introduces the topic: “Today we will practice narrative verbs. We will focus on the simple past, the past perfect, and the past continuous". T shares Google presentation link in the Zoom chat and makes sure all Ss can open the presentation. T shares the screen, then continues. “Before we begin, I would like you to revive happier memories in times of travel ban and lock-down. So in your breakout-rooms, please share a travel-related memory by answering the following questions: 1) Where did you go? 2) How had you planned? 3) What were you experiencing while you were there? You have 3 minutes in your groups before we return to the whole class. ICQs: Are you going to be writing or speaking? How much time do you have?” T will send Ss to breakout rooms, so they can have a brief conversation to discuss the questions. Ss return to main room. T nominates students to share answers the questions.
T instructs Ss to move on to the next slide of the presentation. Then shares the screen. “On slide #2, you will quickly read a text regarding one of my favorite travel memories. While you are reading the text, identify the three types of narrative verbs we are focusing on today: a. simple past for general past events b. past perfect for past events before something else in the past c. past continuous for ongoing past events Please take note of them by categorizing each one. You have 6 minutes for this task".
After the initial reading/individual work, T will send Ss to breakout rooms, so they can collaboratively review all the narrative verbs in the text and identify their tense. “I will now put you in breakout rooms so you can discuss your analysis of the narrative verbs before we return to the whole class and categorize them together. You have 3 minutes. ICQ: How much time do you have?” Ss return to the main room and T nominates Ss to provide the lists of verbs falling in each category/tense during OCFB. An answer key will then be provided. Also, the text will be displayed again, this time with all of the narrative verbs highlighted, each tense in a different color.
T shares the screen to clarify meaning, form, and pronunciation of the narrative verbs found in the next (please see language analysis sheet). “Now let’s break down the meaning, the form and the pronunciation for a few of the narrative verbs we identified in the text”.
T shares the link to a Google Form for the controlled practice/detail activity in the Zoom chat and makes sure all Ss can open the form. Then continues. “You will complete the sentences with the correct narrative form of the verb in parenthesis: simple tense, past perfect, or past continuous. Before you submit, take a picture or screenshot of your answers. You have five minutes. ICQs: What do you do before you send your answers? How much time do you have?” After the individual work, T will send Ss to breakout rooms, so they can review their answers. “Now I’m going to put you in breakout groups to review your answers with your group. You have 5 minutes. ICQ: How much time do you have?" T puts them in breakout groups, monitoring closely and taking notes on any areas of confusion in MFP and within the context. Ss return to the main room. T nominates students to review answers during OCFB. An answer key will then be provided with all narrative verbs highlighted, each tense in a different color.
T shares screen with the last slide of the Google Presentation. Then continues. “In your breakout rooms, please share your favorite childhood memory. Make it fun and meaningful, and try your best to include all three forms of narrative verbs. Use the visual aid on the slide if needed. You have 3 minutes. ICQs: Are you going to write or just speak? How much time do you have?” OCFB: Ss return to the main room. T nominates students to share their memory or their partner’s memory. DEC: T corrects any errors. T thanks Ss for their time and hard work, and says goodbye.