Active and Passive Voice

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Having a difficult time helping your students to write cohesive, cogent, and powerful sentences? Bookworm's Corner suggests reviewing with your students the importance of always writing in the active voice. Commonly found on the SAT, and an absolute necessity for mastering the art of writing, the active voice qualifies as a concept all high school English teachers must review with their students throughout the year. This handout is a simple introduction to the active voice: it not only clarifies the difference between active and passive voice, but it also requires students to break down and analyze how placement of the parts of speech in a sentence affect its meaning, power, and fluidity. Students should be able to easily classify sample sentences as either active or passive; in addition, students will then be able to synthesize and apply this knowledge to the sample sentences, rewriting those that are passive in the active voice. This handout is a great introductory tool to active and passive voice; I would highly recommend teaching this concept (even if just as a mini lesson) in class first. Then send students home to practice, or have them work in small groups to practice together. Great as a review during an editing or writing based class session. Remember that the coaching of writing and grammar should be constant - following the included answer key is a list of suggested extension activities aimed to reinforce the concept of active voice throughout the year!
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Active and Passive Voice
Active and Passive Voice