Abby Swinney Abby Swinney

TP8 - Text-Based Framework, Grammar
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will review and practice the passive voice in the past tenses. They will read headlines that include the three past tense passive forms - the past simple passive, the past continuous passive, and the past perfect passive. After reading the text, they will identify the passive voice language used. Then, they will analyze the meaning, form, and pronunciation each tense. Next, the students will use their knowledge in a controlled practice activity. Last, the students will use their combined grammar and speaking in a freer practice activity.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice and review of passive voice in the past tenses in the context of news headlines.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about tabloid headlines.
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of interesting news stories.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

--> Good morning, everyone. I'm happy to be back with you. Share screen with Jamboard slide --> Think about this question and raise your hand when you have a response. T elicits answers from Ss that raised hands

Text Work (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

Gist Task: --> We are going to talk about tabloid articles today. Take 2 minutes, read these headlines, and think about this question. T sends Jamboard link to students T gives students 2 minutes to read FB: After 2 minutes T elicits responses from students Intensive Task: --> In breakout rooms you will work together to complete this slide. You will have 4 minutes. Each group has a different Jamboard. T sends links in chat box for each group T sends students to breakout rooms for 4 minutes FB: T reveals answer slide and (if time allows) uses CCQ's for clarification

Language Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

--> Let's break down this language some more. In groups, complete the Google Forms activity. You will have 5 minutes and then we will review it. T sends Ss Google Forms link T sends Ss to breakout rooms for 5 minutes FB: T reviews answers of Google Form On Google Jamboard T explains 2 main reasons to use passive (meaning) T explains 3 ways to use passive voice in past tense (form) T reviews pronunciation of selected sentence

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

--> Now let's try some practice. With your group you will complete this slide on your team Jamboard. The sentences on the left are in active voice, and you need to change them to passive voice. You will have 6 minutes to work on this. T sends Ss to breakout rooms for 6 minutes FB: T reviews completed slide from one team. T uses CCQs for clarification as needed.

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

--> We have one more task today. In groups, describe a news story you heard recently. Use this checklist when describing the events of the story. You will have 6 minutes. T sends Ss to breakout rooms for 6 minutes. OCFB: T carries out DEC of good examples and areas of improvement.

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