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A Single Life (Past Simple vs Past Continuous Practice)

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Task Description
10 multiple choice questions to practice the past simple vs the past continuous tense. Featured grammar points: 1. Use the past simple + past simple to talk about a sequence of events. 2. Use the past continuous + past simple combo to talk about an ongoing action that was interrupted by another event. 3. Use the past continuous + past continuous to describe two simultaneous events (=two events that were happening at the same time). My lesson nicely complements the comprehensive film lesson created by Kieran Donaghy around this short film:
Video details
Scene summary
An animated silent film in which a lady receives a parcel by post. It turns out it's a magical vinyl record that ends up messing up her life.
Video length
2 minutes 19 seconds
Video genre
Short films
Language goals
Grammar practice
General topic
Grammar topic
Other pedagogical goals
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1)
Student type
This resource is intended for:High schoolers, Elementary schoolers, Adults
High schoolers
Elementary schoolers
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Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Choose the correct options.
She ... the first slice when somebody ... on the door.
took out; was knocking
took out; knocked
was taking out; was knocking
was taking out; knocked
2. Choose the correct options.
While she ... in the chair, she ... the parcel.
was sitting; was opening
was sitting; opened
sat; opened
sat; was opening
3. Choose the correct options.
She ... the parcel, then she ... a vinyl record.
opened; took out
was opening; took out
opened; was taking out
was opening; was taking out
4. Choose the correct options.
She ... the record, then she ...
was putting on; sat down
put on; sat down
was putting on; was sitting down
put on; was sitting down
5. Choose the correct options.
The music ... when she suddenly ... it.
was playing; stopped
was playing; was stopping
played; stopped
played; was stopping
6. Choose the correct options.
She ... her belly, then she ... think of her baby.
touched; started
touched; was starting
was touching; started
was touching; was starting
7. Choose the correct options.
After she ... the record, she ... a mom.
fast forwarded; was becoming
fast forwarded; became
was fast forwarding; became
was fast forwarding; was becoming
8. Choose the correct options.
When she ... the record player again, she ... a little girl.
was touching; turned into
was touching; was turning into
touched; turned into
touched; was turning into
9. Choose the correct options.
As she ... to the record player, the song ...
walked; ended
walked; was ending
was walking; ended
was walking; was ending
Lesson Plan
1. Tell students that they are going to watch an animated short featuring a magical vinyl record.
2. Tell them that you are going to use the video to practice using the past simple and past continuous tenses in this video quiz.
Follow-up tasks
1. Highly recommended: Kieran Donaghy's comprehensive film lesson:
Vocabulary list
vinyl record n.
Vinyl is a strong plastic used for making things such as floor coverings or records. A vinyl record, or simply "vinyl" or "record" was used to store music before the era of cassettes or compact discs.
turn into v.
transform into something else, become something else
parcel n.
A parcel is something wrapped in paper, usually so that it can be sent to someone by post
rewind v.
When the tape in a video or tape recorder rewinds or when you rewind it, the tape goes backwards so that you can play it again.
fast forward v.
When you fast forward the tape in a video or tape recorder or when you fast forward, you make the tape go forwards.
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