The site is super easy to use. Simply go to the link and plug in a birthday, then specify if you are doing this for you or for someone else.
In this case I am putting in what many people believe to be Harry Potter's birthday: July 31st, 1980. After I put in the birthday and name I press go and voila! Tons of great sentences:
The website goes on. It gives you plenty of examples of the perfect tenses as well as passive (Ronald Reagan was elected President. ET was released.)
I suggest you go through the site a few times with different birthdays: celebrities, student volunteers, authors, create birthdays for characters in books you read etc.
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After students get the idea have them create their own "website." I am really into using things like this for literature, so I would have them do it with a character from a story we have read. If you don't read stories in class have them make it for themselves. (Note: the website will not work for people born before 1900, so you'd have to use people from the 1900s on).
The website gives examples, but if your students need prompts:
- To see Emmy winners look at the Emmy website.
- To find heart beats and breaths taken you can go to the Bloodindex site.
- To find the date of famous people's deaths (by year) search FamousDeaths
- Your students can find Olympic medalists (and the year) on Wikipedia
- You can find number one songs from different years on Number One In History
- You can find famous birthdays on History Orb