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Newspapers articles, passive voice
Intermediate level


In this lesson ss will learn passive voice to focus on the action not the doer


Abc Answer keys
Abc Whiteboard
Abc PowerPoint presentation
Abc Matching activity
Abc Pages 62, 63, 64

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of passive voice in the context of newspapers articles
  • To provide gist and scan reading in the context extreme living cities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about new stories in a newspaper in the context of newspapers articles


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

T shows ss a picture of some newspapers and magazines and asks them to answer a question. Time 5 minutes Do you like reading newspapers and magazines? why?

pre-teaching vocabulary (3-5 minutes) • to teach the Ss some of the problematic words in the text.

T presents new vocabulary. (horrified, threaten,persuade,firefighter,recognize) SS are asked to match the word with the meaning. 5 minutes check in pairs drill T presents answer key.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Chest the headlines an articles T asks ss to read and match the story and headline in 3 minutes. CCQs: Are you going to read all the details? Are you going to match? How long ? check in pairs. T monitors T presents feed back.

Highlighting (1-2 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

T asks students to look at 2 sentences written on the whiteboard. (mum cooks lunch), (lunch is cooked) T asks them a question. what is the difference between these sentences ?

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the passive voice

T writes on the board two sentences in the passive form and asks some CCQs. ( A woman was rescued from a burning house , a town has been built, a teenager is horrified) T asks ss some CCQs Is there a subject? Is there a doer? Is the doer important? I the doer unknown? Do we understand the sentence? Do we focus on the doer or the action? T clarifies form of passive voice in present simple, past simple, present perfect simple. form: object + be form(am ,is, are in present simple - was,were in past simple - been in present perfect simple) + past participle of the main verb T drills the weak form of the auxiliary + past participle

Controlled Practice (5-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

T writes some sentences in the active form and asks Ss to answer then check in pairs. Answer key presented

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

T asks Ss to write 5 sentences in the passive voice about a picture Check in pairs. T monitors and presents feedback

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