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Go: JHS GrammarI Was Alibi Searching

SUBMITTED BY: Daniel Arnett

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Various alibi games


GRAMMAR: Verb, Past Continuous

EXAMPLE: I was watching TV.

DATE ADDED: May 30, 2013

Large Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


30-50 min.

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OUTLINE: Whole class mingles asking and answering questions to find two mystery criminals.





  1. Print out and cut out a set or two of cards depending on your class size. Each student is to get one card and it is ok for more than one student to have the same card.
  2. Set the scene by introducing a ficticious bank robbery or other crime of your choosing. Say when and where it happened, how much was stolen, and that the police are looking for two criminals/suspects.
  3. Hand out worksheets and cards.
  4. Demonstrate with JTE the three interrogation questions and their corresponding answers on the cards: 1 - What is your name? 2 - What were you doing when the bank was robbed? I was ... 3 - Who were you with? I was with ...
  5. Drill the questions. You may also wish to drill the names.
  6. Explain how to fill in the worksheet. If two suspects have the same alibi (i.e. each other), they are not guilty.
    Students stand up and walk around the room, interviewing each other and filling in the worksheet.
  7. After some students have finished, elicit who the criminals were and which students had those cards. The criminals are Victoria and Josh.



  • I gave boy cards to the boys and girl cards to the girls.
  • Hand out only one Victoria and one Josh card.
  • This activity, including explanation, can take some time - almost all of a 50 minute lesson.


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