Active vs. Passive Voice Group Project

Active vs. Passive Voice Group Project
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This is a good review project for Active and Passive voice. The class is split into two political parties, both of which have done the same horrible things. Each group is instructed to make two political posters. The first is in active voice and highlights the people responsible for the horrible acts perpetrated by the other party. I encourage my groups to name specific party members by name, which always makes them laugh when they present: "Billy Thornton was caught kicking puppies in the park." The second is in passive voice and focuses on the unfortunate events, rather than the party responsible: "Puppies have, regrettably, been kicked in the park."

Once students have made their posters, have them stand up as a group and present their sentences. I encourage presenters to be very accusatory with the active voice and very evasive with the passive voice.

This is a fun assignment that highlights to students the impact that using active or passive voice has on sentences. I live in Alabama, so I picked two political party names that were not relevant to my area, the "Whigs" and the "Tories." If you are in England, the party names can easily be changed.

The assignment takes up half a sheet and is duplicated on the second half, so one page gives you two copies.
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1 page
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50 minutes
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