Students will master using a list of verbs that can be transitive (must have a direct object to complete the meaning of the sentence) or intransitive (does not require a direct object to complete the meaning of the sentence) by playing a team game called InTransit. Based on KnowledgeBase's Talk To Me, InTransit is a game show that requires teams of youth contestants to accomplish two objectives:
1. Correctly use verbs transitively and intransitively in sentences
2. (Optional) Conjugate the basic, past, and past participle forms of these verbs in sentences
Teams take turns having one member roll four dice, which are labeled as follows:
Die 1: I, You, He, She, We, They (sentence subjects)
Die 2: "I" (for intransitive); "T" (for transitive)
Die 3 (Optional): "BF" (for basic form); "PF" (for past form), "PPF" (for past participle form)
Die 4 (Optional): "A" (for active voice); "P" (for passive voice)
Let's imagine that a team member rolled the following:
Die 1: I (sentence subject)
Die 2: "I" (for intransitive)
Die 3 (Optional): "P" (for past form)
Die 4 (Optional): "A" (for active voice)
Each team is then given a set of 10 verbs (one game sheet, or 10 individual cards) that can be intransitive or transitive.
Each member of both teams now writes (either on regular paper or on individual whiteboards) as many sentences as they can in 30-60 seconds using I as the subject, using each verb intransitively, in its past form, and in the active voice:
Using the verb bat:
I batted while Raphael pitched.
Using the verb bat:
I bet at the track while the horses raced.
Both teams are then given 30-60 seconds to check the sentences of their team members. They are then given an additional 30-60 seconds to present their final sentences to the judge.
Points for each sentence are awarded as follows:
Incorrect usage - 0 points
Subject and Verb only - 0 points
Subject and Verb plus clauses and phrases and correct usage - 1 point (with additional points awarded at the judge's discretion)
The team with the most points after 5 rounds wins the game. Additional rounds can be played to extend the game.