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Phrasal Verb Review Lesson

The following exercise is meant to help advanced students review common phrasal verbs. Approximate class time: 45 Minutes

Uncle Fester

  • Step 1: Read Uncle Fester to students. Make sure to not introduce phrasal verbs or give students a copy of the text before the reading.
  • Step 2: Have students split up into teams. Read the text back with pauses, the focus information being presented, for the students to fill in. Each correct answer gets a point.
  • Step 3: Have students, in their respective teams, take cards (that you have prepared) with the phrasal verbs on them. Students then place the cards in the correct order of usage, or combine them with other cards to make sense.
  • Step 4: Have students make up sentences in turn using the paired up cards.

Uncle Fester

Last year, Jack Peterson found out that he had come into a small fortune after His uncle Fester had passed on. His uncle had been a heavy smoker for many years and hadn't been able to cut down on his smoking. Jack got on well with his uncle Fester, and often dropped in on him to see what he was up to. One summer, Uncle Fester promised to cut down on his cigarette smoking after having taken 3 months to get over an extremely bad cough. Jack had looked after him those 3 months and, a number of times, he had told Uncle Fester off. He came up with a brilliant idea to make Uncle Fester give up this nasty habit. He had the local cancer society telephone Uncle Fester. When they called, he told them to hold on and then put Uncle Fester through. They proceeded to make out that they were looking for a volunteer to take on to help look after the patients. Well, that frightened Uncle Fester, and he immediately swore to give up smoking. In fact, Uncle Fester took up jogging in order to help him feel better and he began to look down on other smokers (although he couldn't quite give smoking up entirely himself). One day, as he set off on his morning run, he made a stand out in the distance. It seems that a new society had turned up that day looking for people willing to bring up young puppies. Uncle Fester immediately went for a cute Dalmatian, and ended up taking on this new responsibility. Now, three years later, Jack had come into the "small fortune" which reminded him every day of his wonderful, if not wise, Uncle Fester.

Here is the text with gaps

Uncle Fester

Last year, Jack Peterson _______ that he had _______ a small fortune after His Uncle Fester had _______. His Uncle had been a heavy smoker for many years and hadn't been able to _______on his smoking. Jack _______his Uncle Fester, and often _______ on him to see what he _______. One summer, Uncle Fester promised to _______on his cigarette smoking after having taken 3 months to _______ an extremely bad cough. Jack had _______ him those 3 months and, a number of times, he had _______ Uncle Fester _______. He _______ with a brilliant idea to make Uncle Fester _______ this nasty habit. He had the local cancer society telephone Uncle Fester. When they called, he told them to _______ and then _______Uncle Fester _______. They proceeded to _______that they were _______ a volunteer to help _______the patients. Well, that frightened Uncle Fester, and he immediately swore to _______smoking. In fact, Uncle Fester _______jogging in order to help him feel better and he began to _______other smokers (although he couldn't quite _______ smoking _______ entirely himself). One day, as he _______on his morning run, he _______ a stand _______ in the distance. It seems that a new society had _______that day _______people willing to _______ young puppies. Uncle Fester immediately _______ a cute Dalmatian, and _______ _______this new responsibility. Now, three years later Jack had _______ the "small fortune" which reminded him every day of his wonderful, if not wise, Uncle Fester.

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