B.B. King is Dead | level 2

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21-05-2015 07:00 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3

The King of Blues, guitarist and singer BB King, died. He was 89 years old.

He influenced a generation of rock guitarists and was one of the world’s best guitarists. King performed in at least a hundred concerts a year.

Recently, he had an illness and people took him to hospital. Earlier this month, he said on Facebook that he was in hospice care at home. He died in his sleep in Las Vegas.


There will be a quiz – I will make it today


Difficult words: influence (to change something or to inspire somebody), hospice care (care for people who are going to die soon).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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Class 20may, 2015

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We still have rain once a day.  Today it has become a little hot and humid.  It is nice to see the sun.


We reviewed Regular and Irregular Verbs.  

  • Regular Verbs – add -ed for the past tense
  • Irregular Verbs – do not add -ed for the past tense
  • We went through examples of each.
  • We created charts for each in the notebook
  • We used columns for present, past, and future.
Future Tense – add “will” to the verb. Example: Tomorrow I will drive to class.


I suggested that they watch the news in Spanish and then immediately watch the news in English.
Watch TV in English.
  1. Watch the news in Spanish for 30 minutes.
  2. Watch the news in English.
  • Watch both on the same day.
  • Watch both around the same time.
  • Watch local news too.
Univision and Telemundo for news in Spanish.
Channel 7 for local news in English.

Computer Lab

We read and listened to some stories on News in Easy English.
Practiced resting aloud.
Fish photo – in the forum of
Finish writing about the photo of the diver and the school of tuna.
Note: login in and registration worked this time!

Future notes

Use stories from News in Easy English to create quizzes for comprehension.

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Class Plan 6 May, 2015

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It poured rain last night.  There was a lot of rain!  My yard is still very wet.  It is clearing up, but it is overcast and cloudy.  I can see blue sky between some of the clouds.  The sun is not shining.  It is still behind the clouds.

Today we will be engaged in activities and some verbal work.  The writing will take up much of the class.

  1. Finish the second Irregular Verbs worksheet and puzzle ADD LINK TO POST for worksheets
  2. Verbal review using verbs from worksheets, definitions – not translations!
  3. Continue writing about the photo, in notebooks: ADD LINK TO PHOTO
  • Review some key words/phrases from last class about the photo, via questions and discussion.  Expand verbal answers and responses into complete sentences.
  • Demonstrate on the board how to link answers to questions into a paragraph.
  • Get either complete answers with punctuation, or ideally sentences linked together – introduce this as step 2
  • Check for and edit for errors
  • Enter work on website ADD PAGE LINK to photo on forum
Future: prepare something about the Nepal earthquakes.  See Breaking News English for text and video – level 2 or 3.

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Class Notes 15 April, 2015

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To Have

Simple past, present and futureUses of “have”

Irregular Verbs:

What are irregular verbs?

Most verbs in the English language take -ed to form the past tense and the past participle forms.  For example:

  • I worked in New York for many years.
  • I have worked in New York for thirty years.

Some verbs are irregular, which means they don’t follow the usual -ed pattern.  In fact, irregular verbs are more a matter of vocabulary memorization than grammar, and so you must simply work towards memorizing the words.  Here are a few examples of irregular verbs:

  • Thomas swam in the lake every summer afternoon.
  • I had forgotten my lunch appointment, so I got to the restaurant thirty minutes late.
  • Our teacher taught us about irregular verbs yesterday.

Here’s a list of many irregular verbs.  The ones marked with the following symbol ( ο ) are more often used, and should perhaps first be studied.

Links to grammar explanation handout and graded worksheets (word search):

Find above at

Link to my webpage, long list of irregular verbs:

Computer Lab:

maybe not – Past Participle exercise

This is a note for me, not to present the class in total.

To Have – Auxiliary Verb

Have is used as an auxiliary verb in the perfect tenses. Remember that the auxiliary verb takes the conjugation in English, so the verb have will change depending on the tense. Here is a quick review of the tenses that use have as an auxiliary verb:

Present Perfect: He has been to Georgia twice.

Present Perfect Continuous: They have been waiting for over an hour.

Past Perfect: He had already eaten when she arrived.

Past Perfect Continuous: Jane had been working for two hours when he telephoned

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