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D-09.08 Look Back at the Past with Knowledge & Precision

D-09.08 Look Back at the Past with Knowledge & Precision

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Chapter 3 (The Past Time Frame: “The Good Old Days”) of the New Scenario Book Two: Continuing to Use English Grammar in Context, pages 37-58 

24 Pages

Who It’s For: (Teachers & Helpers of) Intermediate & Above Language Learners “Empowered” by Colorful Reminiscing about the Past 

Why It’s Useful: The attractive layout and nostalgic images in this remodeled, expanded version of Unit 3 of the original Scenario Volume Two: English Grammar in Context may energize text users, motivating them toward more truthfulness in their remembrances of worlds past. Reading (aloud) the “Good Old Days” Scenario, participants will get used to varying their verb phrasing in talking / writing about the past.  They’ll continue to build ability with Sentence-Structure (Statement, Question, & Answer) Tables & Grammar Notes; Comprehension & Practice Exercises; antique photos and anachronistic cartoonsand Dialogs + Speeches to complete.  The chapter ends with authentic pictorial cues referencing life in past decades of the 20th & 21st Centuries.

What You’ll Do: 

[1] Paying attention to the variety of verb phrases used to indicate the past time frame,  read (aloud) the pages 59-60 simulated exchange between generations.  Complete Comprehension Checks 3-A, 3-B, 3-C.  If you’re into the study of past life styles,  start thinking which eras you might want to research or become “expert” in. 

[2]  As you come to each Chart, review its Grammar + Vocabulary: “Past Continuous Sentences,” “Simple-Past Statements, Tag-Questions, Who & What Questions,”  “Irregular Simple-Past Verb Forms,” Simple-Past Questions & Answers,” “More Past-Time Verb Forms: Would / Use(d) to + Verb; Future in the Past,” “Uses of Verb-Tense Forms in the Past-Time Frame.” Referring to this pedagogy when needed, complete the sections in between: Exercises 3-D to *3-L, on pages 62 to 82. When possible, add meaningful items and useful commentary to each segment. 

[3] To continue the chapter in your future, comment on what you perceive in the areas of life depicted in the 20th & 21st Century photos: Death & Poverty; Family at Home; Politics, Power, & Wars; Struggles & Movements; Collapses, Technology, & Science. Finally, do what you can with given groups of “Question Cues” + your own thoughts and ideas. Hopefully, you and others will be able to transform what we’ve seen of or learned about the history of humanity into a more viable future.  


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