Good times, bad times!
To provide an opportunity for the students to speak and write the language in the context of good and bad times.
To review simple past "be": positive, negative, question and short answers through semi-controlled practice.
Procedure (34-45 minutes)
1.Write some incomplete sentences about yourself on the board. 1 2. Ask the students to read and guess what the remaining parts are. 1 3. Give them some cards to complete the sentences on the board. 6 4. Ask them "When were you born?." or "What were you very good at in school?" 2
1.Ask them to write questions for the sentences they made about you. Give an example first. 3 2. Ask them to swap papers and check eachother's questions.1 3. Tell them to ask their questions from eachother in pairs and give short answers. 3 4. Monitor their sentences and if there is a common error, highlight it on the board and explain.3
1. Highlight the structure of one of the students' questions with simple past "be" on the board. 2 2. Present the possible short answers (+,-) 1 3. Draw the Ss attention to the pronunciation variation of was/were in the stressed and unstressed positions in the sentence. 2
1. Give the Ss instructions to play "Find some one who " game and then to present the information they have gathered to the class. 10 2. Ask them to write a short paragraph about their childhood like the sentences in their activity using simple past verb "be". 8 3. Ask them to swap their papers with their partner and correct eachother's papers. 2 4. The teacher will monitor their work all through the activity to help at any stage.