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Activity Overview

Like any grammatical concept, there always exceptions or special cases to any rule. Once students have mastered the conjugations and uses of preterite and imperfect, they are ready to learn about a few, special cases of verbs that change meaning when switched from the imperfect tense to the preterite tense.

In this activity, students will create a T-Chart that highlights the differences in verb meanings depending on the case used. In order to provide guidance, consider providing student with a list of the verbs they should be using for this activity.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a T Chart that illustrates the different meanings verbs have when used in the preterite or imperfect tense.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the columns "Preterite" and "Imperfect".
  3. Label each cell title with the verb you are using and the meaning of the verb.
  4. Write a sentence in the description in the proper tense.
  5. Create an illustration for each using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

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