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Past Simple
A1 level


In this lesson, ss practice the usage of past simple with reading and speaking activities in the context of the stories of famous people.


Main Aims

  • • To exercise reading skill using a text about the stories of famous people. To clarify the usage of Past Simple using a text about the stories of famous people.

Subsidiary Aims

  • • To provide fluency speaking exercise in a conversation in the context of the stories of famous people.


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

“I learned how important it is to entertain people and give them a reason to come and watch you play." - Elvis Presley. T writes the quote on board and asks Ss what it is about. Ss discuss in pairs. T tries to elicit the answer “He’s talking about his privilege knowledge/ past knowledge.”

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

T seperates class randomly into the two groups and gives them material 1.1 and while they are trying to figure out what is the name of the song which is in the pictures, T hangs the answers to the different parts of the class. And SS check the other group’s answers while the answers are still on the walls. Then, T drill some words such as “marriage”, “rock”, “Poverty”.

While-Reading #1 (8-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

“What do you know about Elvis Presley?” T asks this question.SS have 5 minutes to discuss in a group and then SS gives answers. Then, T names one group King and the other group Presley and ask them to write to the WB the correct forms of each sentence as Past Simple which T will say. “Elvis is a great Singer.” Correct form is “Elvis was a great Singer”...

While-Reading #2 (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Ss have 3 minutes to read the text again but this time in detail and answer the questions in groups. ICQs; “How much time do you have?” “Will you answer the questions alone or in groups?” T chooses one student from each group as pairs. Make them ask questions to each other about the text.

Post-Reading (8-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Ss have 2 minutes to write down 5 things about a famous Turkish they like who is dead. Then tells them to others and they try to find who he/she is. But before that T demonstrates the activity; 1. She was born in Bursa in 1913. 2. She was the first Turkish female pilot. 3. There’s an airport named after her. 4. Ataturk adobted her in 1925. 5. She died in Ankara in 2001. And then, a quick error correction at the end.

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