Desperate Housewives: verbs in the Simple Past

Desperate Housewives (2004 – 2012)

Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Creator: Marc Cherry


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Season/Episode: 07/11

Level: Intermediate

Age: Teens/Adults


The segment was extracted from an episode of Desperate Housewives. It is a short conversation between a wife and her husband in the kitchen. Since he tells her about what happened during his day, the snippet is good for practicing the Simple Past.

Suggested procedures:

Before watching: invite students to have a conversation in order to answer questions from number 1 and number 2.
While watching: have students watch the segment once and answer the question in number 3. Then have them do number 4 and play the video again.
After watching: get students to do numbers 5, 6, and 7. You might play the video one more time, if necessary.
Extra practice: this is a moment for studying the grammar itself. Have students complete the table and list all the irregular verbs in number 9.
Time: 20 minutes.
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3 thoughts on “Desperate Housewives: verbs in the Simple Past

  1. Fabio Saraiva

    This activity is amazing! And the worksheet is so pretty and well designed! This can be used for lower level students as well, but then I would put some subtitles in the video again. And because I love music, I may or may not use the song “Last Friday Night”, by Katy Perry, because the lyrics is all about telling things that happened in the past. =D

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