Run Stickman, run!!!

Yesterday, my workmate Bruno Albuquerque and I participated in the seminar MYCRAFT:REBOOTING ELT SKILLS at Cultura Inglesa, in Brasília. Our Presentation aimed to give ELT teachers basic drawing skills, since drawing is so appealing to students and consequently makes classes fun. We started by telling the participants why students benefit from drawing, Then, we told them a story that would allow us to teach them how to draw ANIMALS and EMOTIONS, which are two things we always have to teach at one point or another in our teaching careers. Each participant received a sheet with frames in blank and throughout the story telling, participants drew each animal and emotion along with us.


A Special Present

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My dear friend Fernanda Barboza asked me to make a set of drawings to celebrate her daughter’s  birthday. In the set, we could see the trajectory of the lives of Luisa and her dad. It was hard work because it took me long hours but I made it. I don’t want to brag but the result was beautiful. 

Story Telling: Simple Past X Present Perfect

Dani Lyra, my dear workmate, asked me to draw a story to teach the Simple Past and the Present Perfect. A story in which these two tenses would be the main characters. Here is the thing: At first I thought I could record my voice telling the story, which I did, but afterwards I realized it would be more interesting to write the story, so you could memorize it and tell it yourself. Believe me, it’s a lot more fun!

PICTURE 1: Simple Past and Present Perfect were friends when they were little. They played, laughed and had a lot of fun together.

PICTURE 2: Eventually, Simple Past became a cowboy.

PICTURE 3: Present Perfect became a surfer.

PICTURE 4: Simple Past is very likable, straightforward, easy to understand.

PICTURE 5: Present Perfect is not easy to understand.

PICTURE 6: Sometimes some people prefer to think he doesn’t exist.

PICTURE 7: Some frown at and look down on him.

PICTURE 8: And many people have misconceptions about him…

PICTURE 9: …which makes him upset.

PICTURE 10: Simple Past is super attached to the past.

PICTURE 11: Every time he tells you about something he did, he will tell you “when”.

PICTURE 12: And if you tell him that you traveled on your vacation, he will ask you when. And he will always use DID in questions.

PICTURE 13: Present Perfect has an eye in the present.

PICTURE 14: Simple Past is obsessed about time…

PICTURE 15:…whereas Present Perfect doesn’t even have a watch. He doesn’t care when something happened. Sometimes it’s because he doesn’t remember.

PICTURE 16: Present Perfect always uses HAVE and the participle of a verb.

PICTURE 17: In questions, too.

PICTURE 18: He uses HAS for the third person.

PICTURE 19: All these differences made them go separate ways, but it doesn’t mean they are alone.

PICTURE 20: Simple Past has friends that hang out with and enjoy his company. They are always together.

PICTURE 21: Although some people don’t understand Present Perfect, he has friends, too. Loyal friends who relate to him and are always there for him.


With very simple lines you can draw adjectives that describe people. The images below can be used to practice pronunciation. (For instance, they pronounce the word sad in a sad way, the word happy in a happy way, etc…) It’s fun, they love it! Students could also write a story using the  pictures at any order. The simple past would be appropriate in this case.