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Past Simple, Past continuous and Past Perfect Tense
Vincent Van Gogh-A genius unrecognized in his life time level


In this lesson Ss will practice using Past tense through reading and speaking activities.


Abc HeadStart Unit 3

Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of the past simple, past perfect and past continuous.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice specifically while using Past tenses.


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

Famous paintings created by Van Gogh will be displayed around the class room. Students will move around and try to guess who could the famous painter be. They all have to come up with a verb related with those paintings and write their response on one side of the board.

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Rules for three types of past tense will be shown on the WB, For Past Simple : verb+ -ed or -d Example: I walked for miles on the beach with my friend. For Past Continuous : was/were + verb + -ing Example: They were driving to London For Past Perfect : had + -en or ed Example: When I got home, I found that someone had broken into my apartment and had stolen my antique cassette player. For Past Perfect Continuous : had been + verb+-ing Example: We were exhausted because we had been driving all day long. Ss in their pairs will be asked to write simple past forms of a list of words i.e., work, dismiss, study, leave, Write past continuous forms of move, continue, take, and write down past perfect form of knock, place, pull.

While-Reading- Jigsaw reading (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ss will be given a set of parts of the text in a jigsaw manner and they will have to put the parts of that text in a correct order. After completing the jigsaw they will check their answers by viewing the original text to check their answers and work on the next activity.

While-Reading/ (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Ss will be reading through the text about Vincent Van Gogh and looking for the past simple, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous words and underline them. An answer key will be provided at the end.

Post-Reading/Listening (2-4 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to check and expand on what they've learned

Ss will need to complete the rules for past continuous, simple and perfect individually and check with each other at the end. - Past _______ is used to talk about actions in the past which are complete at a specific time: we usually use this tense to tell the most important events in a story. - Past________ is used to talk about actions in progress in the past; we often use this tense to describe background events. - Past________is used to talk about actions that took place before the main events in a story.

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