This is a grammar and or usage lesson. It is zipped, meaning the buyer will use winzip or Windows to unzip it upon download. It will include a document that you should copy to an overhead transparency. If you have access to better equipment, you can project the document from your computer. If you don’t even have an overhead projector, you can simply make a class set of the master document.
This transparency master will have a definition of the target skill and some examples. Show this and have students take notes on the skill for later review. Keep the second part of the transparency covered. In the second part of the transparency, you will find a series of sentences that include examples and non-examples of the skill. (For example, if the target skill is “The Active Voice,” you will find a series of sentences, some in the active voice, some in the passive voice). Expose one sentence at a time, calling on students to identify and then fix the problem in the sentences. In some cases students must determine if there even is a problem. This is the bulk of the lesson, and I find that this makes for a fun and meaningful activity. Take your time here. Make certain all students really understand the concept at its deepest level. Typically, this takes 20-30 minutes. Have fun with the sentences.
Note: some of the sentences are allegedly funny. This means, for example, that in the active voice activity, there is a sentence that reads, “The drunken pirates harpooned the elephant.” High school students tend to enjoy this sort of humor. If you find this too risqué, feel free to change the word “drunken” to “laughing.” In fact, feel free to change anything you want about my lessons. You bought it; it’s yours now.
In addition to the transparency master, you may find follow up quizzes, homework activities (in the form of handouts), and something called editing. I like to do the transparency activity, and then give the homework assignment that night. I then tell students to review their notes because there will be a test in the near future. I spring the quiz on them sometime over the next week. Finally, I integrate this skill into the midterm and final. If there is an editing assignment, copy it to an overhead transparency and have the class revise what is written—it will have problems with the target skill. This can be done weeks later as a review activity.
This bundle contains:
Ø Two overhead transparency masters—each will sustain a 15-20 minute class lecture and activity.
Ø One guide and practice activity (homework assignment) in the form of a handout. The guide reviews the definition and grammatical structure of the active voice, offering three examples. The bottom of the guide is a practice assignment—instructing students to write a series of sentences using the active voice, and then translating them into the passive for complete understanding of the concept.
Ø One follow-up practice activity in which students are given a series of sentences written in the passive voice and asked to rewrite them.
Enjoy, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.