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We had a great time!
Cycle 1, Exercises 1–7

This unit practices describing daily, weekend, and leisure activities as well as vacations. It introduces the past tense in Wh- and yes/no questions and statements with regular and irregular verbs.

1 SNAPSHOT
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In their free time
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This graph introduces the theme of leisure time; it also presents useful verbs for talking about dailyactivities. Books closed. Introduce the theme of leisure or free-time activities by brainstorming with the Ss on which activities they usually do after school or work every day. Write Ss’ suggestions on the board, like this:

Go over the three tasks. For the third task, explain how to rank the activities: Ss write 1 for the most interesting activity to 8 for the least interesting. Allow Ss to workindividually for a few minutes to complete the tasks. Go around the class and give help as needed. As a pair or group activity, Ss take turns reading the questions and sharing their answers. Check Ss’ answers like this: First question: Take a class poll by eliciting responses through a show of hands on which activities Ss do every day. Second question: Tell pairs or groups to look over their listsagain and to vote on the three most popular activities they like to do almost every day; one S from each pair or group writes their three choices on the board. Third question: Ask pairs or groups to share their top three choices for the most interesting and least interesting activities in the graph.

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Daily leisure exercise watch TV read
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activities study and do homework meet friendsfor coffee listen to music

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Books open. Ss read over the information in the graph; if necessary, explain any new words or expressions:
free time = the time when you aren’t working or doing other duties high school seniors = students in the last year (twelfth grade) of high school or secondary school in the U.S. and Canada; most are 17–18 years old work around the house = do householdchores drive around = drive in a car for the fun of it, usually not going anywhere specific

2 CONVERSATION

The weekend
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This exercise introduces the past tense of regular and irregular verbs through a conversation about the weekend. (Note: If possible, Exercises 2–6 should be scheduled near the start of the week: After the past tense has been presented and practiced in Exercise 3, Sswill be given the chance to talk about their own weekends in Exercise 6.)

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Read the two questions aloud to help Ss focus their listening. Play the second part of the audio program once or twice.

Audio script
KATE: Did you do anything on Sunday, Chris? CHRIS: No, I just stayed home all day. What about you, Kate? What did you do? KATE: I met some friends. CHRIS: Oh, where did you go? KATE: Wewent to a great outdoor concert. Then we had dinner out and went dancing. CHRIS: It sounds like you had a busy weekend! KATE: Yeah, I guess I did.
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Books closed. Set the scene: Chris and Kate are talking about their weekends. Ask Ss to listen to what each person did. Ss don’t need to take notes. Play the audio program. Then ask Ss to name some of the activities that Chris and Katetalked about. Write any correct responses on the board. Books open. Play the audio program again once or twice. Ss listen and look at the pictures or read along if they wish. Then go over the conversation line by line. Explain any new vocabulary (e.g., in the country, lake). (Note: The modal would is used in the last line of the dialog only as part of an expression. In the last two lines, Katemakes a suggestion (“Why don’t you just . . . ?”). Chris’s response is intended to be humorous, implying that he works on his car because he has nothing else to do – not because it’s old and in need of repairs.

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Have Ss compare answers in small groups. Then check answers around the class.

Answers
1. She met some friends. 2. She went to a (great outdoor) concert, had dinner out, and...
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