Watch the video segment and guess what might have happened
to the characters. Check the options you believe are possible
explanations for the characters’ current situation.
( ) Jen took too many tranquilizers in the previous night.
( ) Her daughter had a domestic accident.
( ) Jen hurt her daughter.
( ) Jen’s daughter hurt herself.
( ) Jen’s husband, Jim, didn’t die.
( ) Jim died in a car accident.
( ) Jen hit her head on the floor and can’t remember anything.
( ) One of the children was attacked by a mad dog.
Now rewrite these sentences using past modal verbs to express
probability/ possibility/ impossibility.
1 - Jen might have taken too many tranquilizers in the previous night.
2 - Her daughter might have had a domestic accident.
How to prepare your own video activity:
Grammar Goal: Past Modals – Speculation/ Impossibility
• Select a segment in which the viewer cannot predict what happened before the scene actually takes place.
• Prepare an exercise with several possible (or impossible) explanations for the puzzle.
• Ask students to rewrite the same sentences, using the grammar point – Might/ Could/ Can’t/ Must + have + past participle.