Mandana Mandana

TP #7 Grammar / Writing
Elementary level


In this lesson students will learn and practice how to use the regular form of verbs in simple past in the context of news and wether. Students will work on the form, meaning and pronunciation of verbs in past and practice using them in a writing mini autobiography.


Abc Rewriting headlines
Abc Gap-fill

Main Aims

  • To introduce the simple past tense in context of 'News and Weather'

Subsidiary Aims

  • To help the students produce and practice simple past in writting


Warmer (3-5 minutes) • To introduce the context of the lesson to students and make them interested

T will hang up some pictures (pieces of newspaper and news websites) on the walls. Students go around the class in pairs and tell each other what they see in the pictures. They will sit down and T asks what is the subject of the lesson today? T elicits the word news , newspaper and weather. ICQ(s): Are you going to write something on the pictures? No

Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the 'past time'

T gives students some cut-ups. There are sentences in simple present and past. They need to match the first and second half of the sentences in groups of three. eg. I watch the news everyday / I watched a movie last night. T asks them to stand up and check other groups work. After that T hands out the answer key. CCQs: Are you going to

Discovering the form (8-10 minutes) • To guide the students find the form of sentence in past tense

ask students to look through the sentences in the answer key of previous activity and find the verb for the sentences in past tense. After they find the verbs, T asks them to talk with their partner and find out what is similar among all the verbs. T elicits the form (Verb+ d / ed / ied). Writes an marker sentence on the board and drills the sentence (back chain drilling). T gives students cut-ups with these words on them Wanted, watched, saved and the phonemic symbols /t/ , /d/ , /Id/ . T explains that these are for the end of the verb where there is -ed. Pronounces them and tell them to match the three words with the phonemic.

controlled practice (2-4 minutes) • To help the students focus on the grammar and help them with their weaknesses

Students work on a gap-fill about 'Chanel News Asia' in pairs and Write the correct form of given verbs in each gap. Change pairs, hand out the answer keys.

Semi-controlled practice (4-6 minutes) • To help students get ready for freer practice.

Students will rewrite the headlines in past (which are in present tense originally) in pairs. pairs compare their answers. T gets WC FB.

preparation for writting (4-6 minutes) • To give the students an idea of a biography and let them

T asks the Students to look at the picture and say his name if they know, later T asks Student to say how many years ago was this photo taken. T can also show a photo of herself and say: I took this photo 2 months ago. and elicits the 'past' Students are going to read the mini biography of Ed Murrow individually and say: Why was he famous? what is his famous phrase / line? Students check in pairs. monitor and give quick WCFB (maybe on the board)

Freer practice (5-7 minutes) • To give the students a chance to use the new language and produce

Students will read the 'useful phrases' in Ex.3 P.79 and T demonstrates some of them on the board.Students then start writing their own autobiography and after they finish, T collects their papers and give them another one. Students need to read the autobiography they have out for their partner and they will guess who the writer is.

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