I’m just about ready to post the second part of my YouTube lesson on the past perfect and past perfect progressive. As I think about what form of additional practice we can offer advanced students, I find myself gravitating to an activity that is similar to the one in my video. The final exercise online has several items that form a narrative. Students must choose the correct verb forms to complete sentences. At this level, I feel students can only grasp the meaning and appropriacy of the verb forms if we go beyond isolated sentences. They must consider how the forms work within a reading or a conversation.
In my Banding Together_handout, students can work individually or with one another to sequence the lines from a story about a music band. The process should force them to consider what each verb form expresses, particularly the past perfect and past perfect progressive. However, we cannot have a story written entirely in the past perfect. Use of other verb forms is both necessary and natural. I hope the activity works well for you! Please let me know about any good ideas for modifying it.