Here’s a prompt that will help your students tell a past tense story about a personal experience. I would recommend using this toward the end a unit on food. It’s a good way to let students practice some of the food-related vocabulary they have learned.
In case you can’t see the image above, it reads:
Describe a time when you tried a new food. Think about these questions:
How did you feel before?
Who were you with?
Why did you try it?
What did it look like?
How did it taste?
How did you feel after?
Here are a few teaching ideas to get you started on your lesson plan:
- Warm your students up by asking them to make a list of a few foods that they remember trying for the first time. Tell them that it might be an unusual food (insects, horse meat, etc.), a grown-up food (coffee, beer…), or new cuisine (Thai food, American food…) or just something that they remember trying for the first time (sushi, cupcakes, broccoli, hot peppers…). You might want to list a few of their ideas on the board.
- Tell your students that they should choose one of their ideas to tell a story about.
- Display the slide above (or write the questions on the board). Tell your students that they should use these questions as a guideline to help them write their story. Remind them to focus on using correct past tense verbs.
- If you’d like to focus on speaking instead of writing, you could ask students to prepare index cards and make a presentation rather than writing out the entire story.
- After they finish, students can present either in small groups, or to the whole class.
If you’re looking for more food-related activities, here’s another post you might like: Design a Restaurant Task
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