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Preterit simple or Simple past

Lessons and Examples - Listening / Pronunciation -
Conversations -
Interactive exercises
- Exercises to print - Lesson plans
Interactive games
- Cartoons - Stories - Poems - Songs
- Animations

Preterit progressif

Lessons -
Interactive exercises
- Exercises to print - Lesson plans - Cartoons - Songs - Videos

Preterit simple / Preterit progressif

Listening - PowerPoint presentations -
Interactive exercises - Lesson plans - Interactive games -
- Videos - Cartoons

Preterit simple / Present perfect
Page complémentaire : Non-progressive verbs


Preterit simple or Simple past (suite) :


Were you frightened?


Exercises TO PRINT :

  • Date of birth - Pair work
    - envoyé par Christelle BOLTZ (Ac. Strasbourg)

  • Transparent prêt à être imprimé où il s'agit d'associer des personnages historiques, dates et évènements...
    envoyé par Christelle BOLTZ (Ac. Strasbourg)

  • The Story of Conny and Clive
    "Complete the comic with the verbs in the Past Simple Tense of regular verbs."


  • My Summer holidays - activity to print
    - Level : intermediate
    Revision : preterit - irregular verbs / vocabulary : transports - places


  • The Biography Maker (
    "A good biography brings the person to life . . . makes us care about what she or he did with time and opportunity...
    To create an exciting biography, you will now follow these steps:
    1. Questioning | 2. Learning | 3. Synthesis | 4. Story-Telling
    Six Traits of Effective Writing

  • Bio-Cube (
    "This tool allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read;
    it can also be used before students write their own autobiography.
    Specific prompts ask students to describe a person s significance, background, and personality.
    The finished printout can be folded into a fun cube shape that can be used for future reference."


  • Simple past ( :

    The life of Lady Diana
    The story of Cinderella

Lesson plans :






  • The Great Gatsby: Simple Past - a lesson with movie segments and activities 

  • Hugo: Past Continuous x Simple Past
    "I used this scene because it clearly shows the difference of the past continuous and simple past tenses. Besides, it is also kinesthetic."



  • Past tense and holidays - a lesson plan
    - Complete the postcard
    - Asking questions about holidays
    - Tell me more about your holiday

    - Telling stories about your holiday





  • Regular verbs used in Movies
    "Here is a game to help you practise some regular verbs in their past forms."
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid

  • Tri au vol
    "Tu vas devoir trier les verbes réguliers en fonction de la prononciation de leur terminaison.

    Avec la souris, fais glisser le verbe vers le groupe auquel il appartient."
    - Activity created by: Renée Maufroid




Cartoons :

  • "It was very peaceful - until someone I'd given a lollipop to, stabbed someone with it - and one thing led to another."



Stories :

  • The night of the calf
    "Click on "Play this game"and listen to the story. It is set in Henderson, TX and was written by my friend Jim.
    Practise regular and irregular verbs in the past."

    Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)


  • The Gingerbread man
    "Click on the picture to read the story then play the game."
    Activity created by Renée Maufroid
    (Niveau 5ème avec PRETERIT)



  • Little Red Riding Hood
    Read the story (with an animation) and start the activity.

    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid



  • "Oh and Ah" is a free online e-story you can listen to. (



Poems :



Songs :

  • Katy Perry - Roar
    + LYRICS:
    "I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath...
    I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything
    You held me down, but I got up..."





  • 'My Crazy Family' par Sylvain Kustyan - Niveau 6ème, 5ème et primaire
    Le thème: la famille, les membres de la famille
    Point de langue: There's There are / Les goûts / Le présent simple / Le prétérit

    Sur YouTube, cliquer sur l'onglet Sous-Titres et vous aurez une version Karaoké. 
    "There's my mother with green hair
    But my father doesn't care
    There's my brother who gets stronger..."




  • Johnny Cash : I Got Stripes 
    " On a Monday I was arrested (uh huh)
    On a Tuesday they locked me in the jail (po' boy)
    On a Wednesday my trial was attested
    On a Thursday they said guilty and the judge's gavel fell"

    + the VIDEO

  • Yodelice - Sunday With A Flu (+ Clip )
    "Closed my door, forgot my key
    Missed my bus in the pouring rain
    It’s been the usual sunday with a flu
    And I just can’t get over you"


  • Rosa, Roll on! - a song by Marla Lewis
    "Enjoy Marla's song and learn about Rosa Parks.
    Next, play the game, all the words you must find are verbs in the past."

    Activity created by Renée Maufroid


  • Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Nancy Sinatra :
    "I was five and he was six
    we rode on horses made of sticks
    he wore black and i wore white
    he would always win the fight...
    we used to play bang bang i shot you down bang...
    i used to shoot you down
    music played and people sang..."
    - the Video (YouTube)


  • Busy line sung by Rose Murphy
    "I put a nickel in the telephone, dialled my baby's number
    Got a brrr, brrr, brrr, brrr, busy line
    Each time I tried I got a busy tone
    Not my baby's number"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston ( :
    "See it started at the park
    Used to chill at the dark
    Oh when you took my heart
    That's when we fell apart
    Coz we both thought
    That love lasts forever..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)



  • Mr Therapy Man sung by Justin Nozuka
    Click on "suite" on the right of the video and read the lyrics.
    + a worksheet
    Find the preterit forms of the verbs in brackets.


  • Where The Wild Roses Grow by Kylie Minogue (
    "On the third day he took me to the river
    He showed me the roses and we kissed
    And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
    As he stood smiling above me with a rock in his fist..."

    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)



  • The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana :
    "I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home
    I searched a foreign land, for years and years I roamed
    I gazed a gazeless stare, we walked a million hills"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Up the Junction by Squeeze (
    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • My Way by FRANK SINATRA (
    preterit + present perfect
    "I've travelled each and every highway,
    And more, much more than this, I did it my way...
    Regrets, I've had a few,...
    I did what I had to do,
    And saw it thru without exemption..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

  • Cold Feet by Tracy Chapman (
    "There was a little boy once upon a time
    Who in spite of his young age and small size knew his mind
    For every copper penny and clover he would find
    Make a wish for better days the end of hard times..."
    Listen! (YouTube)

  • A Day In The Life sung by The Beatles (
    "Woke up, fell out of bed,
    Dragged my comb across my head
    Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
    And looking up I noticed I was late.
    Found my coat and grabbed my hat
    Made the bus in seconds flat..."

    - with the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Just a friend of mine by Vaya Con Dios :
    "They talked a little, drank a lot
    As the evening went by
    The place got crowded and the air too hot..."

  • Molly Malone - a song found in "New Wings 5eme"
    "Click on the video then click on the lyrics to stop them until the song starts."
    - with an activity created by: Renée Maufroid



  • Because you loved me by Celine Dion :
    "You were my strength when I was weak
    You were my voice when I couldn't speak
    You were my eyes when I couldn't see...
    You gave me wings and made me fly
    You touched my hand I could touch the sky"
  • Bruce Springsteen - "Listen and find the missing words" (interactive) - (
    "Thèmes : Vietnam, guerre, conflit avec les parents, refus d'aller au Vietnam -
    Objectif grammatical : prétérit, prétérit continu, WOULD, USED TO"
    (exercice réalisé par Rodolphe MAUREL - Académie de Toulouse)


  • Somewhere only we know by Keane :
    "I walked across an empty land
    I knew the pathway like the back of my hand...
    Oh simple thing where have you gone..."

  • The Tale Of Mr. Morton - a song you can listen to. (subject and predicate) - (



Videos :



Animations :

  • Animated English - The Weekend
    "In this lesson two work colleagues talk about what they did at the weekend. You can download the PDF for this lesson here."



  • Yesterday at the beach - an animation
    Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille):
    "En faisant une capture d'écran image par image ( il y en a dix) on peut monter une BD.
    Le texte peut être coupé bien sûr pour en faire une production écrite ou  servir de CE si on garde le texte."

  • Yesterday at the Sea
    "Click on the picture to see the animation, click on the ball and read the story,
    look carefully and then play the game."
    (Listen to the music!)
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid