Dina Rabie Dina Rabie

Upper Intermediate . level


In this lesson students will be exposed to passive voice in the context of a reading text about a treasure island, used by pirates for so many years, and about the on going treasure hunt.


Abc Underline the passive voice
Abc use keywords to make sentences/story
Abc passive form in different tenses
Abc Gist reading

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of passive voice in the context of A treasure island

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about Cocos Island in the context of treasure hunt.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T: Will hang a pictures on WB of "Pirates of the Caribbean movie" T: Do you know that movie ? Elicits answers. T: Do you like pirates and treasure hunt movies ? Elicits answers .

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

T: Writes questions on the board that need to be answered by skim reading the text. Advises no need to detail read as we'll come back later to text, for now answer these two question,by yourself please find the answers to these 2 questions : 1-Is the story about pirates or Cocos Island? 2- Is the text in the past or the future? ICQs : Alone or in pairs ? T: Hands out pages 116 and 117 for gist reading,gives students a minute to skim read text. T: asks students to check in pairs. T: Elicits 1 sample for each question,to make sure students had gotten the main idea of text.

Highlighting (2-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T: Writes on board : "Many attempts have been made to track down the Cocos Island treasure". T : asks : Do we know who made the attempts ? T: In this sentence,is it more important to know who is the doer of the action ? Elicits no. T: Do you know what that is called ? Try to elicit passive voice,If they know, I will start my first activity if they don't, I will write another active sentence so that they would be able to tell the difference for themselves . They have made many attempts

Clarification (5-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

T: Writes on the passive = (be) + past participle . T: We use passive voice if : 1- We don't know the one who did the action. 2- That the doer of action is guessed from context " three men were arrested " by who ? The police definitely . 3-The action is more important than who did it. T: gives handouts for passive form in different tenses .

Controlled/ Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T: gives instructions to work in pairs to answer Ex 1 page 117. ICQ : Alone or in pairs ? T : gives 2 minutes for students to answer and check. T: you can refer back to the story or the other paper I've given you T: Gets WCFB T: Writes on the board : know,use,hide,find,attack,give. T: In groups create your own smaller story of Cocos Island using past perfect and these words,not in order, in any order you wish,as long as they have the passive voice. Write on board : Ex : active she had driven. passive, the car had been driven. give 5 minutes then get 1 sample of feedback about story,make sure to correct all tenses.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

T : I will handout a piece of paper that has the following. Using the text and the passive voice paper. Imagine if you were on the Cocos Island,hiding somewhere, watching pirates coming to the Island with gold to hide, Kidnapping people for money. You're hiding on the Island then suddenly someone grabs you,blindfolds you,they you are being put on a ship,once the ship takes off,the blindfold is being removed off your eyes and you find out that you were being rescued by your best friend, what would you tell him ? Ex : people were being kidnapped,gold was being stolen. Give the rest of the class time for that activity. Give 5 minutes for them to share their stories .

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