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Moore's Paste tense continuous - Mini lesson

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A mini lesson on Past Tense Continuous. It can be used with ESL or special education. It is just an intro into the topic.

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Moore's Paste tense continuous - Mini lesson

  1. 1. Past Tense Continuous By: Elizabeth Moore
  2. 2. Past Tense Continuous <ul><li>Past tense continuous describes an action or event in a time before now , which began in the past and was still going on at the time of speaking </li></ul>
  3. 3. Click on the link below: Watch the video. <ul><li>Listen and take notice to all the things the person who is not on the screen is doing. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the sentences that appear at the bottom of the screen. </li></ul><ul><li>We will be discussing this video and these actions later in the lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiXedHhOKQ </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mainly 3 reason to use Past Tense Continuous:
  5. 5. Form of Past Tense Continuous: <ul><li>The child was sleeping. </li></ul><ul><li>They were laughing . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Looking more closely at: Interrupted Action in the Past <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>I was reading a book, when she called. </li></ul><ul><li>We were listening to my iPod, when the fire alarm went off. </li></ul><ul><li>He was riding his bike, when the car wrecked . </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted . The interruption is usually a shorter action in the Simple Past. Remember this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Practice time: Interrupted Action in the Past <ul><li>Directions: </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the video link below to 1:45 (one minute and 45 seconds) </li></ul><ul><li>As you are watching the link, listening to all the things people were doing last night when the lights went out on the city. </li></ul><ul><li>After you are done listening or during list all the activities people said they were doing when they were interrupted by the lights going out. </li></ul><ul><li>You might have to listen to it a few times to get all the activities that were interrupted by the lights going out. You should have a total of 6 activities. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSA0F4kaxds&feature=related </li></ul>
  8. 8. ANSWERS to Practice time: Interrupted Action in the Past <ul><li>Possible answers: </li></ul><ul><li>The man was washing the dishes, when the lights went out in the city. </li></ul><ul><li>His wife was giving the baby a bath when the lights went out in the city. </li></ul><ul><li>They were watching TV when the lights went out in the city. </li></ul><ul><li>They were doing their homework when the lights went out in the city </li></ul><ul><li>She was washing her clothes at the Laundromat when the lights went out in the city. </li></ul><ul><li>He was listening to music when the lights went out in the city. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any other sentences? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Looking more closely at: Specific Time as an Interruption <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Last night at 7 PM, I was eating dinner. </li></ul><ul><li>At noon, we were lost in the mall. </li></ul><ul><li>Yesterday at this time, she was sitting at her desk at work. </li></ul><ul><li>Past Continuous is interrupted by a specific time. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Practice Time: Specific Time Past Continuous . <ul><li>On your sheet of paper: </li></ul><ul><li>1. List the things this man was doing yesterday at 4:00 PM on his way home from work. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: After work the man was going to his car. </li></ul>
  11. 11. ANSWERS: Practice Time: Specific Time Past Continuous . <ul><li>Possible Answers you might have are: </li></ul><ul><li>At 4:00 pm the man was talking on the phone. </li></ul><ul><li>After work the man was carrying a briefcase </li></ul><ul><li>At 4 pm the man was walking . </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any other sentences to share? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Looking more closely at: Parallel Actions <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>I was studying while he was making dinner. </li></ul><ul><li>While Bekah was drawing , Juan was watching TV. </li></ul><ul><li>She wasn’t working , and he wasn’t working either. </li></ul><ul><li>When you use the Past Continuous with two actions in the same sentence, it express the idea that both actions were happening at the same time. The actions are parallel. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Parallel Partner Activity: Think back to the video: <ul><li>Examples : 1.The man was sitting on the couch and he was reading a magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The man was yelling and the other man was yelling too. </li></ul><ul><li>3. The man was reading a magazine and the other man was going to the store. </li></ul><ul><li>If you need to watch the video again: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEiXedHhOKQ </li></ul><ul><li>Directions : </li></ul><ul><li>The video from the beginning of the lesson is a good example of parallel action. The one guy was trying to read and the other guy was doing things. </li></ul><ul><li>With your partner come up with two sentences using past tense continuous to describe the actions taking place in the video. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Possible Answers to the Parallel Partner Activity: <ul><li>Answers that you and your partner might have: </li></ul><ul><li>The man was reading a magazine and his roommate was practicing his trumpet. </li></ul><ul><li>The man was reading a magazine and his friend was drilling a hole. </li></ul><ul><li>The man was reading a magazine and the guy was snoring. </li></ul><ul><li>The man was sitting on the couch and his brother was sleeping. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any other sentences? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Playing Games with Past Tense Continuous: <ul><li>Review </li></ul><ul><li>Now you know how and when to use Past Tense Continuous </li></ul><ul><li>Remember it shows activities in the past at a certain time </li></ul><ul><li>The three main reasons for using it is to show parallel action, interruption of an activity, or to show exact time </li></ul><ul><li>You need to have was or were and a verb ending in -ing </li></ul><ul><li>You are now ready to play a game to test your knowledge of Past Tense Continuous: </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the link and enjoy: </li></ul><ul><li>www.lks.ac.th/teacher_jonggonee/kaidream/ex_past_cont.html </li></ul>

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