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Chucky’s Participle Clauses

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This is a lesson plan for higher levels (C1+) to teach participle clauses based around the theme of phobias and horror films.

You will need to download the powerpoint and lesson plan:



Chucky’s Participle Clauses Lesson Plan


What are you scared of?

Brainstorm different phobias on the board.

What gives you nightmares?

Have any specific films given you nightmares?

Have you seen any of the Chucky films?

Chucky Prank Video

Show the Chucky bus stop prank video until 2:20, tell students to focus on the actions:

Have them report back the different actions they saw.


Go through the powerpoint, it will take students through present participle clauses and perfect participle clauses.

Guess My Job Game

Cut out and give out the job cards on the hand out, tell students to keep them secret from the rest of the class.

Students have to imagine that they are the person on their card; they have been invited to the class to share their experiences with the other students and give advice using participle clauses.

Example: Explorer, Having traveled all over the world, I can say that there’s no place like home. Having learnt 6 different languages, I thoroughly recommend it because it has broadened my mind immensely.

Give students a couple of minutes to think of their sentences, they then read them to the rest of the class who have to guess what job card they were given.

Having robbed a lot of banks, I have loads of money” “Are you a bank robber?” “Yes, I am!”


Set a film/book review task as participle clause can easily be used to describe narratives, encourage students to use at least 2 in their review.

Seeing her sister nominated to participate in the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place.”

Having never seen a troll before, Bilbo was petrified.”


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11 thoughts on “Chucky’s Participle Clauses

      1. Hello, this looks like it could work really well for me, but I’d love to be able to use the PowerPoint. I can’t see it all, so would you please point me in the right direction. Thank you

      2. Hi Lex,

        It’s the first link “chuckys-participle-clauses-update” – the download seems to work fine for me. Are you on a computer or a phone?


      3. Thank you. I think it’s probably because I’m on a tablet, so I’ll change. Thanks for the speedy response

  1. Hi! I have re-done this lesson to be taught online. This lesson plan is amazing. I found it really difficult to teach and now it is simple and easy. Thank you so much.

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