Narrative Tenses ESL Worksheets

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 worksheet, 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.

 

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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