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Songs and simple past tense (1)

Using songs can be a good idea when you want some grammar points to stick in students' minds. This is a song I like to play while teaching the Simple Past Tense. As a bonus there are many irregular verbs in it. If your class’ level is pre or upper intermediate, you can also ask them to try to guess the words in blanks before listening to the song.
You can watch the video at this address.
 
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) / Nancy Sinatra
I ………. (1) five and he ………. (2) sixWe ………. (3) on horses ………. (4) of sticksHe wore black and I ………. (5) whiteHe would always win the fightBang bangHe ………. (6) me down, bang bangI ………. (7) the ground , bang bangThat awful sound, bang bangMy baby shot me downSeasons ……….(8) and ……….(9) the timeWhen I ………. (10) up, I ………. (11) him mineHe would always laugh and sayRemember when we used to playBang bangI ………. (12) you down, bang bangYou ………. (13) the ground , bang bangThat awful sound, bang bangI used to shoot you downMusic ………. (14) and people ………. (15)Just for me the church bells  ………. (16)Now he's gone I don't know whyAnd till this day some times I cryHe ………. (17) even say goodbyeHe ………. (18) take the time to lieBang bangHe ………. (19) me down, bang bangI ………. (20) the ground , bang bangThat awful sound, bang bangMy baby shot me down.
 

  1. Was
  2. Was
  3. Rode
  4. Made
  5. Wore
  6. Shot
  7. Hit
  8. Came
  9. Changed
  10. Grew
  11. Called
  12. Shot
  13. Hit
  14. Played
  15. Sang
  16. Rang
  17. Didn’t
  18. Didn’t
  19. Shot
  20. Hit

 
 

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Comments

solmaz21's picture
solmaz21

When I taught at a language course, I used the song called 'USED TO' by Chris Daughtry to teach 'used to' :-) Wonderful song with great lyrics.
As long as you choose the right songs for the level and age of students, using songs is a thing of beauty!

esingrbz's picture
esingrbz

Dear Ayşe,Thanks for your sharing! I will try this song.I love using songs in my classes and also students get a comfortable  learning atmosphere. They try to be the first in filling the blanks and complete the song.Sometimes We all need a song to chage our mood.Have a nice weekEsin

masterofroses's picture
masterofroses

Dear Ayşe,
I also shared some songs that I use in my lessons related to the grammar topics, perhaps you can have a look at them. For simple past tense, I mostly use "you left me just when I needed you most" song and Mary Hopkin's "Those were the days"..I also liked Bang bang thanks for sharing it I will use:) bests
 
 
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simon_mcdonald's picture
simon_mcdonald

I'm going to try this but with a twist. This song was used in quentin tarantino's movie "Kill Bill". If you search for it on Youtube, there is a remixed version complete with video with movie extracts. I hope it makes it a bit "cooler"!