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English Rules 2



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GRAMMAR: Helping Verb / Bare Infinitive  

EXAMPLE:We have to go to school on Monday. 

DATE ADDED: Oct 26, 2010


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BRIEF OUTLINE: This game concentrates on the grammar points of “have to/do not have to”. Although this has a potential for cheating, it does make the students active, which is a nice change after having to endure a boring lesson.



  • Worksheets are optional, and students can write in their own notebooks. Otherwise, you can either use the EnglishClassRules worksheet or simply provide them a blank piece of paper to scribble on.



  1. Start by having the students individually write down as many school rules as they can think of within a very short time limit, for example 2-4 minutes. Also, get them to write at least one or two sentences using “ not have to...”.
  2. Then have the students form groups. Get them to decide who will be the scribe for the whole group.
  3. Each group then collates their efforts to come up with a list of “have to/do not have to”. Set a short time limit, perhaps 5-8 minutes.
  4. Divide the blackboard into as many sections as there are teams.
  5. The next part is a time trial/race against the clock style competition. Within another short time period, say about five minutes, members within each team will take turns to race to the board to write down their rules.
  6. Assign points for the number of rules written, say five points each. If a team manages to write a sentence containing “do not have to”, award more points for this type of sentence each, say eight points.
  7. The team with the most points wins.



  • There is of course, a potential for copying and cheating. You can think of different variations to combat this, like having each team submit their paper to the teacher to be scored. But essentially I wanted to focus on making a fun activity which also gets the kids up and moving.
  • You could set the difficulty level higher by not giving points to teams that share the same rules. However, considering the finite amount of rules available, this might be unworkable, unless you allow the students to write rules on more than one topic: school, particular sport like baseball, home rules, etc.
  • Instead of school rules, you can use other areas such as sports, rules at home, road rules, etc.



  • Ideally this activity should take place after the teacher has explained and gone through the grammar point to ensure that the students know what is expected of them.
  • Obviously you can’t have too many teams as the blackboard has only so much space available. I think four teams are ideal, but I have tried it with six teams. The resulting chaos is pretty fun to watch. :)
  • It would be quicker if the students do not have to write out “have to” or “do not have to” every time. In which case, the students will only need to write the sentence starting after “have to”.
  • If they have a “do not have to” sentence, they must highlight it by using a different coloured chalk or put an asterisk next to it, or otherwise use something to point it out.
  • Give the teams at the back a head start first to make it fairer, and then after a few seconds let the front teams do their thing.
  • Incorrect grammar or spelling lose points - say one point for each error. This is up to your discretion to enforce. You could turn this into a game in itself and award the team that correctly identifies the error with extra points.



  • Since there is a lot of running around, it will be a very chaotic and noisy class. So you may or may not choose to use the blackboard race component in your class. But I’ve always found that the best part, and so do the students.

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