Omar Hamada Omar Hamada

was and were
Elementary level

Materials

Abc lesson PPT
Abc colorful paper
Abc Gap-fill reading handouts for controlled activity
Abc Gap-fill reading handouts for exposure

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the past form of verb to be "was" and "were" in the context of famous historic figures

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about "who were they?" in the context of famous historic figures

Procedure

Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will show Ss a picture on the screen and ask questions such as "do you know any of these people?" trying to elicit the word "history", then T will show Ss other pictures of national famous historic figures and ask questions about them

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T will ask Ss to individually read a radio interview script about El-Sadat and complete the gaps, then T will ask Ss to check their answers in pairs and finally give them WC feedback by showing the correct answers on the screen.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T will ask Ss to give him sentences that express a past action trying to elicit the marker sentences.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

T will ask Ss some CCQs such as " is this in the past or present?", drill the marker sentences highlighting the weak forms of "was" and "were" and then write the marker sentences and form on board.

pre-teaching (3-5 minutes) • to help Ss understand the text without any central hindrances

T will show Ss some pictures trying to elicit, ask some CCQs if needed, drill and write them on board.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T will ask Ss to read the text and complete the gaps individually, then Ss will check in pairs. T will ask Ss to come at the board to choose the correct answers and provide feedback for the first part. T will ask Ss to complete the rest of the gaps, check answers in pairs and provide feedback on the screen.

Semi-Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

T will divide Ss into groups of three and ask each group to match the pictures with basic info about each figure and then make sentences about each figure using "was" and "were" to tell others about this figure

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