I created this activity to help my students work in context with both regular and irregular verbs in the preterite. The vocabulary theme that is used is "Mi vida". Students create a timeline, with guidance so they don't get writer's block, of their life as if they were already 80 years old. It's a great way for students to make it relevant to them. The activity is scaffolded but students can add their own creativity. Verbs included (but you can modify) are:
nacer, decir, tener/recibir, conocer, asistir, graduarse, empezar/comenzar, colaborar, salir, enamorarse, casarse, conseguir, comprar, mudarse, trabajar, jubilarse.
My students have always enjoyed this activity and I hope yours will, too!