I Was, You Were ("To Be" Past Simple Song)–Rockin' English

Enhance your simple past tense verb instruction with this video that clearly demonstrates when to use I was and you were through song and engaging graphics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create an anchor chart similar to the one shown in the video 
  • Begin your lesson with this song and reference it as the lesson progresses 
  • Provide pupils with the link to this music video so they can continue learning from it while at home
Classroom Considerations
  • Pronouns and the simple past tense verb to be may need further explanation after watching the music video
  • The chart showcasing the correlating pronouns and simple past tense verb is color coded for easy viewing
  • The song's lyrics are listed to give singer enthusiasts a chance to sing along 
  • The song runs twice without having to replay it    


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Common Core