Writing with tense and aspect

This lesson asks students to apply their understanding of tense, aspect, and time to structure passages of writing.

Goals

Lesson Plan

The teacher explains that today, we will arrange a passage of writing and explore expressions of time in English.

On Slide 1 in the Activity 1 page in the right hand menu, you will see a set of sentences which tells a story. Students should do the following:

Students should discuss what they notice about the tense and aspect forms and how they affect the ordering.

Then, try the same ordering task with the set of sentences in Slide 2.

Finally, in Activity 2, students are given an outline sequence of events. Ask them to write a short story using this sequence of events; they are free to add further events to the sequence. They will need to use suitable tense and aspect forms to tell the story.

They are asked to write two versions of the story:

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Writing with tense and aspect: Activity 1

He has been waiting impatiently for the trip.
He immediately applied for a summer placement.
Finally the time has come.
He will spend a month in a tiny Nepalese village.
He had always wanted to go to Nepal.
He leaves tomorrow.
A month later he received an offer of a place for July.
He saw an advertisement for volunteers in Nepal.

She had been studying at university.
She had nearly finished her degree.
She was feeling optimistic.
She applied for the job.
She is looking forward to starting it.
She saw an interesting job advertised on the internet.
She was interviewed.
Two days later, she was offered the job.
She will graduate in June.
She will start work in July.

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Writing with tense and aspect: Activity 2

Here is the outline sequence of events (don’t forget that you can add more):

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