So remember how I mentioned that I have an intern this quarter? Well, she’s awesome. It has been SO GREAT to have someone to talk through ideas with. Two brains are better than one, that’s for sure! We just finished a killer CI-friendly introduction to -AR preterite verbs (since I am backtracking and trying to do a systematic introduction of the preterite tense now that we’ve already read a novel in the past tense…oops).
We worked together to write this script (it was an embellishment of a story idea that one of my students wrote on a day that they were complaining that we never do interesting stories anymore) that focuses almost entirely on -AR preterit verbs, and Julia (my intern) suggested using this short film for a MovieTalk that pairs with it just beautifully.We wrote up a reading based on the action in the film that also includes almost exclusively -AR preterit verb forms. Flush it out with some targeted grammar activities, and voilá! A beautiful introduction to the -AR preterit conjugations. Download the five-day plans here. If you want, you could also add on these -AR preterite verb notes, although they are not included in the plans since many teachers don’t prefer to use them or have their own that they like to use already.
Also…my brain is going crazy. Is it preterit or preterite in English? My best google research shows me that both are acceptable forms, and I just can’t decide which to use. Help!!