Practice Passive Voice Expertly

Who Did It? If you have access to a computer lab, setting the students on a project that combines grammar with reading comprehension. Students work in groups of three or four. Each group should list twenty modern inventions they think they could not live without such as the telephone, television, cars, etc. They should then research each invention to see who invented it, and then write a passive sentence for each one. For example, the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.

Once students have all twenty sentences written, have them write the sentences on index cards each sentence taking up two cards. The main clause should be on one card and the “by phrase” on the second card. For example: The telephone was invented/by Alexander Graham Bell.

Students should shuffle all the completed cards and lay them out on a large desk in a grid pattern, face down. Students take turns flipping over two cards, memory style. If the cards match, students should read the complete sentence, keep the cards, and take another turn. If the cards do not match, students should turn them back over again and let the next person take his turn.

Have students play until all the cards have been matched. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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