Batman – The Dark Knight Rises: Simple Past x Past Continuous

This awesome activity was provided by Antonella Amen from a country I love, Argentina. I hope you enjoy it. 
My name is Antonella Alem. I’m from Entre Ríos, Argentina. I’ve been teaching to students of different ages since 2012. Right now, I am working at a private school of English and I have a group of kids, two groups of teenagers and a group of adults.

A.        Watch the video and answer these questions.


1.         How many robbers were there? _______________________
2.        How did the get to the bank? _________________________
3.        What were they wearing to hide their faces? What type? ____________     
4.        What did one robber put in a man’s hands? ____________________
5.        Where did they put the money? __________________________
6.       How did the Joker leave the bank? ________________________
B.         Watch the video again and complete these sentences using the simple past or past continuous form of the verbs .

1.         A man _____________ (break) a window and then ______________ (shoot) his weapon.
2.        A man _________________ (wait) in the street when a car ______________ (arrive) and he ____________ (get) in it.
3.        Three men ___________________ (travel) by car while they _______________ (talk) and_____________ (load) their guns.
4.        While the three men __________________ (enter) into the bank, one of them _____________ (start) shooting.
5.        One robber _____________ (kill) another one while he __________________ (disconnect) the bank alarm.
6.        While a robber _________________ (try) to open the bank vault door, he _____________ (be) electrocuted.
7.        One robber _________________ (shout) at the people when the bank manager __________ (shoot) him.
8.        The bank manager ______________ (shoot) at the robbers while they ________________ (run) and ____________ (hide).
9.        When a robber __________ (open) the vault, the other one ____________ (kill) him and ___________ (entered) to the room where the money was
10.      While two robbers ________________ (argue), a bus _____________ (hit) one of them.
11.        The Joker ___________ (put) a bomb in the manager’s mouth, ___________ (get) into the bus and _____________ (leave) the bank

  1. Now is your turn to write your own story about a robbery. Use the following questions as a guide and don’t forget to use both past tenses as well as WHEN and WHILE. Write between 80 to 100 words.

ü  Where was the robbery?
ü  When did it take place?
ü  How many robbers were there?
ü  Were they wearing disguises?
ü  Were they armed?
ü  How many robbers were there?
ü  What did the workers and customers do?
ü  Was anybody injured?
ü  What did the robbers take?
ü  How did they get away?
ü  Who called the police?
ü  When did the police arrive?
ü  Have the robbers been caught yet?

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