Pulled from Easy Pace Learning

The first lesson of my Integrated Unit Plan introduces the present system by taking a detailed look at tenses in English. It is very rare that students know the four different aspects: simple, continuous, perfect, and perfect continuous, of the three basic English tenses: past, present and future.

I found the above chart a few years ago and it is my favorite graphic for organizing the English tenses. Because it is unlikely that the students already know the different aspect we go over them together and see how they differ. I still address the past and perfect/perfect continuous. I let them know about them, because eventually they will have to know those as well. I might as well expose them to them know and save myself time later.

Since the students already know the present tense, I will use that to connect it back to Latin for the first day. After the students and I go through the tenses, focusing on how they relate in English, I introduce a bingo app to the students. I currently have the bingo board through the app, Buzzword Bingo. It is very simple to use, but I would be hesitant to use it, since an alternative version has a name that is not school appropriate.

Guidelines of Bingo:

  1. A verb can only count for one square, e.g. “I am talking” can either be used for “Continuous Present” square or “Present” square, but not both at once.
  2. Have prepared sentences that have easy identifiers for tenses for you, the teacher to see but not the students, such as ink color or a symbol.
  3. Pull one sentence at a time to read off to the students.

After playing a round or two, recap a recent culture or history piece. Within recapping, have the students continue to play bingo by listening to the conversation and the verb tenses you and the class are using. I would encourage having the students write down the sentences they use to mark off squares to become accustomed to the procedures for Opportunity Bingo.

Opportunity Bingo is the chance for students to play the game outside of the classroom. This could be an optional assignment or homework. For my lesson I make it optional for students, so those that want to do it for the sake of learning or for the hopes of a reward. Opportunities are ways for students to receive different rewards for going above and beyond.