Lesson Plan: Reported Speech: Statements English

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to use reported statements to talk about jobs and skills needed for work.


Students will be able to

  • use reported speech to talk about what someone has said,
  • understand how to change direct speech to reported questions by
    • backshifting verbs from present tense to past tense (e.g., eat  ate, is eating  was eating, has eaten  had eaten) and from past tense to past perfect tense (e.g., ate  had eaten),
    • using that between the reporting verb (said) and the reported speech,
    • changing pronouns from first (or second) person to third person (e.g., “I like dogs,” said Maged.  Maged said that he liked dogs),
    • changing time references (e.g., today  that day, now  then, yesterday  the day before),
  • use a range of reporting verbs.


Students should already be familiar with

  • pronouns,
  • past simple verb forms,
  • past perfect verb forms,
  • past continuous verb forms.


Students will not cover

  • reported questions,
  • backshifting past continuous verb forms,
  • backshifting present perfect continuous verb forms,
  • present tense reporting verbs.

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