Teaching writing simple continuous tense sentences

Hi! We meet again…

This post is something in which I don’t know where I got the inspiration from. Seeing my standard 6 student not being able to write even simple sentences, I came out with this table in which I think might create some ‘sparks’ of ideas on how simple continuous tense works in sentences.

I will share how I teach my student so that she can at least write simple, yet correct sentences in English.

Okay, before you start the lesson, you might want to have a simple set induction… Well, that depends on your creativity. As for me, I love using charades (verb-guessing game). Then, you can write down the verb on the whiteboard.

For example;

“She is crying

Then, you may relate to simple continuous tense and go to the main content of the lesson.


“Is, am, are, was, were- WHAT ARE THOSE??!”

Take it easy Taylor, we’ll explain more down there…



First, you need to focus on the concepts and rules of the present and past continuous tense. Make sure students get the rough idea of its functions and differences.

Here are some notes for you guys!

note sct

Introduce the basic forms first


singplural forms

Then, proceed to how singular and plural nouns affects the verb-to-be!


Secondly, you may proceed to the writing part once your students have understood the forms.

Prepare a table like this one on the whiteboard, and start writing sentences! 🙂

continuous tense simple sentence building

Okay. For the first column, you can do some adjustment (Pronouns/nouns).

Do some sentences together in class…. Let students contribute their ideas by making their own sentences and you write them down on the whiteboard…


Thirdly, let your students do some more exercises on their own! As the saying goes; “Practice makes perfect!”. If it is a tuition class, I will ask my students to write 20 or more simple sentences in the table so that they are familiar with the forms.


That’s all for now!

I hope this really helps teachers and students (and also future teachers) out there!

Good luck!

#teachwith ❤