The following ESL resources are available for Past simple:
Pairwork past simple questions
Ss match segments of past simple questions and then match again to grammar labels ('past simple subject question' etc)
(1) Gapped bank robbery story. Students find missing information by asking partners.
(2) Question formation: detective interviews suspect. This prepares students for alibis game.
General English course books (adults)
Mark Hancock Annie McDonald
Lindsay Clandfield Rebecca Robb Benne
Sarah Cunningham Peter Moore
Module 2 Important firsts Pages 16 - 17Short text on the invention of TV.
Quiz questions on 'important firsts' for question formation
Module 7 Ambitions and dreams Pages 64 - 65Short texts about people's careers.
Contrasts present perfect with 'for' , and past simple;
+ throws in other uses of the present perfect
Photocopiable resource books
34 - was and were Page 34 Game 1. Picture story (soap opera cards).
Ss arrange pictures to tell a story; then arrange word cards to make a sentence for each picture.
+ follow-up card game (groups)
Game 2. Picture card matching game (Strange but True cards). requiring past simple questions and answers with the verb 'to be'.
35 - Life stories Pages 95 - 96Ss in pairs each have a short biography. They ask and answer questions to find 12 differences.
8 - Alien Page 8 Witnesses role play. Each S is a witness to an alien visitation. Task is to put info together to find out what happened.
28 - The queue Page 28 Past simple. Yes / no questions.
Ss have to reassemble a queue of people by asking yes / no questions and using information in role cards.
29 - Detective work Page 29 Card game. Small groups.
Language for making deductions.
Murder-solving game with clue cards.
When? page 28 Page 28 Responding to past simple questions.
Ss have to guess the answer to questions such as,
"When did people start travelling in cars?'
Grammar books with exercises
Mark Nettle Diana Hopkins
General English adult course resource packs
8 A holiday to remember Page 8 Students arrange pictures to tell the story of a holiday they had. Partner then asks questions to find more information
31b A dream Page 32 Students write a dream using picture prompts
32 Strange things happen Page 32 Students order 14 sentences to tell the story of a spooky experience while driving at night.