Aim: practice the third conditional structure
Procedure: teacher tells students an extravagant story, which includes an evitable death. The plot is devised in such a way that various characters (or weather conditions) could be blamed for the demise of one of the characters.
Ask students to take notes as you tell them the story. Otherwise they will forget the plot.
When the teacher finishes telling the story, students work in pairs to decide who is to blame and why. They need to produce several different sentences.
- Caroline is guilty: If she had not said anything about Ferdinand and Penelope, Gabriela would not have listened.
- Ferdinand is to blame: If he has not driven fast, the car would not have crashed.
My friend’s name was Ferdinand. Not a long time ago he started dating a girl, whose name is Penelope. Penelope’s family is really upper class and since Ferdinand was the son of the baker, Penelope’s mother disapproved of their relationship. Last week the mother, Caroline, said publicly that Ferdinand was not worth of her daughter. She said this aloud while shopping on market day. Unfortunately Ferdinand’s cousin, Gabriela, was among the listeners. Gabriela could not help but tell Ferdinand about the gossip in the market...
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- Ask the students this question:
- Watch BBC three wishes video
- Compare your answers
Video source. BBC Learning English HERE