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Passive voice lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about the passive voice based on stories from the newspapers. The lesson starts with a discussion about the most interesting news the students have read in newspapers and magazines. This followed by prediction task that is based on predicting the stories of the given articles through their titles. Then, the students read the articles and match them to their titles for gist and answer comprehension questions for specific information. Following this, they will transfer the given answers into the passive voice as semi-controlled practice and write their a newspaper story as freer practice.


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Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, ss will have practised the passive voice in the context of news stories.

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, ss will have practised their reading skills.


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

T asks warm-up questions like what newspapers or magazines do you read?, do you usually read series or news stories, what kind of news stories interest you the most. Then in pairs students talk about the stories that was most interesting to them.

Pre-Reading/Prediction (6-8 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

The students will be given the titles of the news stories to predict the story behind them. Then discuss their predictions in pairs.

While-Reading/Gist (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information

1.Read and match the titles to the news stories. 2. Answer the comprehension questions for more specific details: a. Who tried to rob a bus? b. Who threatened to commit suicide? c. Who caused panic at Chicago airport? d. Who was raising money for charity? e. Who was fined 130 by a judge? f. Who rescued his ex-wife from a burning house? g. Who was presented with a giant cheque? h. Who has a spokesman? i. Who thought there was hijacker on board or plane? j. What caused 165.000 accidents last year? k. What caused 700 injuries every year?

Highlight target language (5-7 minutes) • To highlight the target language in a context

SS will be asked to change the given answers to the previous comprehensive questions into the passive voice.

Language clarification (6-7 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

MPF: For form the T will draw the students' attention to one sentence and write it on the board. T writes the active forms of these sentences and elicit the passive one: Bono was raising many for charity (active voice)/The money was raised for charity (by Bono) (passive voice). CCQ: Are we interested in the person who was raising money for charity? No/ Are we interested in the money raised for charity?Yes. Why we use the passive? We use it because because the doer is not important or we don't know who's it? Transforming active voice: subject +verb( main verb based on the tense) + object+ the rest of the sentence into Passive voice: Object+ verb to be (based on the sentence) + past participle(main verb).

Post-Reading/Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

The ss will read sentences about the news stories and underline the main verbs in each and answer the question of who/ what did each actions? Do the sentences always tell? Why?

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