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  Future tense
Updated 20 November 2002, 12.47
Change Ron's tense from past to future
Change Ron's tense from past to future

Learning aims
  • The function of verbs when considering tense.

  • Transform a text from past to future tense.
Introduction
Verbs tell us whether something is happening now (present), has already happened (past) or is going to happen (future).

Read through with the class the story Chamber of Secrets sets new UK record.

Explain that this story is written about an event that has already happened (the past tense).

Ask the class to help you change the story into one written about something that is going to happen.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will smash
  • The movie will take more than 10m in its first weekend
  • Some 4m of tickets will be sold on Saturday
  • The second Potter film will make a whopping 18.9m in Britain according to Warner Bros.
  • It will be shown on 8,515 screens in 3,682 US cinemas
Dido, one of the award winners
Dido, one of the award winners

Main activity
Children change the following news story from the past into the future tense.
Stolen MTV Awards found by 18-year-old

Extension activity
Children could rewrite the verbs from a text written in the future tense, such as a
weather report taken from CBBC Newsround, so that it is in the past tense.

Today
There will be patchy rain that will die out to leave bright spells.

The winds will be light and the maximum temperature will be 9 deg C (48 deg F).

Tomorrow
After the fog has cleared it will then be dry and bright with sunny intervals.

Plenary
Recap on the differences between past, present and future tense.

Children present their altered versions of the news story and weather reports.


For all links and resources click at top right.

More InfoBORDER=0
MusicStolen MTV Awards found by 18-year-old
TV/FilmChamber of Secrets sets new UK record

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BBC Links
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CBBC Newsround Weather

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