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Two More Quick Pass-Alongs for Teachers: The Passive Voice Explained, and Three Types of Rock

October 23rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

Do you find it challenging to teach the passive/active voice? Rebecca Johnson came up with a way that students will understand and, even better, enjoy. You can follow Rebecca on some new-fangled contraption called Twitter.

So, for example:

ACTIVE VOICE: Marilyn mailed the letter.

PASSIVE VOICE: The letter was mailed [by zombies].

Below, the illustration of the girl in this cartoon really makes it work for me. She’s unexpected, and it’s always more interesting when the exterior and interior don’t neatly sync up.

My apologies, I don’t have a credit for this illustration.

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