Overview

English Verb Tenses through Climate Literature

As a Middle or High School English teacher or a teacher of English as a second language, you can use this set of computer-based tools to teach tenses using climate literature. Global warming is causing glaciers to melt thus causing a water crisis. Satellite imagery is used to record and measure these climate induced changes on the Earth’s surface over time. This lesson plan includes a reading resource that reports on the rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers over the past 40 years due to global warming. In the context of this lesson plan, this text can be used to identify different types of verb tenses and discuss their usage in English language. The use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in English.

Grade Level: High school, Middle school
Discipline: Humanities, English Language
Topics: Verb Tenses- Past, Present and Future, Subtypes of tenses- Simple, Continuous (progressive)and Perfect
Climate Topic: Introduction to climate change
Location: Global
Languages: English
Access: Online (some material can be downloaded for offline use)
Duration: 50-60 min

Learning outcomes

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  • learn basic English grammar
  • use tenses in English language
  • learn about climate change
A teacher-contributed lesson plan idea by Swaroop Gokhale and Sriparna Paulchoudhury, Vidya Valley School, Pune, India.

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