Narrative Tenses ESL Worksheets and Activities

Fairy Tale Fun

ESL Narrative Tenses Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this narrative tenses worksheet, students read fairy tale stories and complete them with the correct narrative tense verb forms. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a summary of the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk" and underlining the correct narrative tense verb forms. Next, students read six statements about the story and indicate whether they are true or false. After that, students complete a story with verbs in brackets in their correct narrative tense form. The students then say which fairy tale the story has been adapted from and what kind of story it is. As an extension, you can have the students rewrite a fairy tale of their own. Have the students choose their favourite fairy tale (or one they remember well) and rewrite the story in a different genre using narrative tenses. When the students have finished, have them share their stories with a partner or the class.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive narrative tenses exercises PDF, students read stories and complete them with appropriate narrative tense verb forms.

 

Narrative Tenses Practice

ESL Narrative Tenses Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free narrative tenses exercises PDF, students learn four narrative tenses and how to use them to tell stories. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a short story and choosing the correct forms of verbs to practice four narrative tenses. Students then match the four narrative tenses to their descriptions. Next, students use prompts to create sentences using the narrative tenses. In the last exercise, students complete the first part of a story using verbs in their correct form. Students then continue the story using the four narrative tenses and their own ideas. Finally, have the students read their stories to the class and provide feedback.
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Interactive Version - Here is a free narrative tenses interactive worksheet to help students learn and practice four narrative tenses.

 

Story Time

ESL Narrative Tenses Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

This imaginative story writing activity helps students practice using narrative tenses. Divide the class into groups of four. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching the forms of the verb 'live' with the narrative tenses. Next, students answer questions using the four narrative tenses. After that, students write a story with their group using the outline detailed on the worksheet. Each student writes their name in the space indicated to show it's their story. Each student then writes the first sentence of their story using the narrative tenses in brackets. When they have finished, they pass their paper to the group member on their right. The group members complete the second, third and fourth sentences in turn using the narrative tenses in brackets, passing the paper to the right after each sentence. In this way, each group member writes the first, second, third and fourth sentence of a different story. Encourage the students to be as imaginative or amusing as they like with their sentences. After the fourth sentence, each paper is returned to its owner, who writes the final sentence using the narrative tenses in brackets. The students then take it in turns to read their stories to the group and the group chooses the best one. Finally, the students read their selected stories to the class and feedback is given.
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Tales from the Waiting Room

ESL Narrative Tenses Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this narrative tenses worksheet, students work through a variety of grammar exercises in order to complete a story and practice narrative tenses. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading the first part of a story. The students then match four sentence parts from the story to the correct narrative tense and complete definitions of the four tenses. Next, students go on to read the next part of the story, selecting the correct forms of the verbs as they go. After reading, students discuss an item from the story with a partner. Following that, students proceed to read the next part of the story and fill in gaps with the verbs in brackets in their correct form, pausing after to discuss a question about the story. Finally, students complete the last part of the story with verbs from a box in their correct narrative form.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive narrative tenses PDF, students follow a hospital waiting room story, completing the text through a range of grammar exercises as they read.

 

Tell me a Story

ESL Narrative Tenses Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this narrative tenses worksheet, students review and practice narrative tenses to talk about past experiences. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by reading a short story and identifying all the narrative tenses used to talk about the past. Students then complete gaps in a story by changing the verbs in brackets into their correct narrative forms. Next, students complete gaps in another story with verbs from a box in the correct narrative tense. After that, students match example sentences to the correct tense. Lastly, in pairs or small groups, students talk about a memorable experience from their past using prompts to help them as well as the four narrative tenses used in the worksheet.
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Interactive Version - This narrative tenses interactive PDF can be used to help students practice or review how to use narrative tenses to talk about past experiences and tell stories.

 
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