Hamed Hashemian Hamed Hashemian

Famous doctored photographs
Intermediate,B1 level


In this lesson, students learn about the passive voice through guided discovery based on a reading text about the photographs. The lesson commences with a handout and the three sentences which are pulled out from the text. They will answer some questions (Meaning, Form) and the pronunciation will be covered. Finally some controlled practice through sentence reformulation and hopefully free practice via final writing activity.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of Passive voice (Past simple) in the context of Photographs

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a Sentences (passive voice)


Highlighting (1-3 minutes) • Highlighting the model sentences

At the very beginning because the context has been set, I will show the sentences on the board (OHP) and ask them where they are coming from (the sentences). The sentences are relevant to the reading that they have covered them before my lesson.

Clarification(Meaning) (10-12 minutes) • Clarify the meaning of passive voice through guided discovery

The students will be given a folded handout (guided discovery) and there are three sentences relevant to the reading text that they have covered. Beneath these three sentences, there are 10 questions (CCQs) and they will be requested to answer them all together and they will be given sufficient time as well. They are going to write down short answer in order to see whether they understand or not. They will do it together and check with each other and the teacher. I will elicit and ask the students and I will write down the answers on the board while they are answering. after the questions. there are some sentences and the rules and the meaning of passive voice have been summarized as a short quiz. They will do it together and afterwards pair check. ICQs: How many questions are you going to answer?10. Are you going to write short answer or the long one?Short.

Clarification(Form) (5-7 minutes) • Clarifying the Form through guided discovery

They will be given another handout in terms of the form of passive. The three marker sentences are written in active form with their features and beneath each one the passive form has been written as well with two blanks each. The students are going to look at every single one of them and write down the suitable answer for the passive form. The form will be clarified and I will elicit and while I am showing them on the board (OHP) I will write the answers down.

Clarification(Pronunciation) (2-4 minutes) • Clarify the pronunciation

I will just pronounce it correctly and by drilling (back chain) the first two sentences it will be clarified. Was taken = /wəz/taken have been changed = /həv/been changed

Controlled practice (10-12 minutes) • clarify by practicing the form as well as meaning in exercises

At the very beginning they will be asked to look at the reading text that they have covered before (page 67) and underline all the passive sentences. After that they will check together very quickly. I will show the text on the board and by eliciting I will underline the passive sentences. Afterwards I will give them a folded handout to read a paragraph and write down the correct form of passive or active in 7 blanks. They will check it together and the answer key is below the folded paper. After wards an other handout will be given to them and they are going to rewrite the sentences active to passive and vice versa. They will be given adequate time to do it together and check together. Finally I will display the answer key on the board. ICQs: Are you going to write only active?No. Are you going to write only passive no?No.

Productive skill(writing) (7-9 minutes) • Produce their own sentences(writing)

I will divide the class into three different groups and ask them to write down 3 or 4 sentences on a piece of paper on the basis of the example that I am showing on the board as well as their specific photo.And using the passive voice. The group which writes down sooner will be winner.

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