Was and Were

Was and Were

Target Structure: Was and Were

Lesson Topic: You’re a Suspect!

Duration: 1 hour – 1.5 hours

A crime has been committed and you are a suspect. Where were you last night? Who were you with? You had better have a good alibi!

Use this engaging lesson to teach your students how to use the past tense of the verb ‘to be’ in affirmative and negative sentences as well as questions with ‘Where’, ‘Who’, and ‘Why’.

This lesson is in the following categories: Grammar Classes, Past Tense, To Be

Target Structure

Was and Were

  • I was at my friend’s house.
  • We were at the cinema.

Questions with ‘Where’, ‘Who’, and ‘Why’

  • Where were you?
  • Who were you with?
  • Why were you there?

Preposition of place review

  • in my room
  • at home
  • on the train


Common locations

  • school
  • museum
  • hospital
  • beach
  • police station
  • bank

Crime vocabulary

  • alibi
  • excuse
  • crime
  • suspect
  • detective
  • cop


  • Warm Up (preposition review)
  • Fill in the Gaps (grammar practice)
  • Where was John? (grammar practice)
  • Where were you? (grammar practice)
  • Making an Alibi (pair work)
  • Good Cop, Bad Cop (role play)
  • Extra Activity