In this lesson about passive voice, students practise using passive voice in the past, present and future, as well as with modal verbs. They also watch a video about a crime and discuss different types of crime people commit for money.
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WARM-UP & VIDEO
This lesson about passive voice starts with a short speaking task. Students read three crime headlines and think of two possible details for the story. Then, they do a matching activity. They have to match sentence halves which include vocabulary from the video (e.g. be sentenced to, withdraw money, hack, recover). They also answer some questions about the vocabulary (e.g. What can criminals be sentenced to?). Before watching the video, students look at seven statements and try to put them in the order they occurred. Then, they watch the video and check their answers.They also discuss some questions about the crime from the video and brainstorm possible punishments for it.
PASSIVE VOICE & SPEAKING
This part of the lesson about passive voice starts with some guided discovery tasks. Students look at four passive voice sentences and do four tasks. First, they decide who does the action in each statement. Then, they need to rewrite the statements into active voice. They also decide which three grammatical elements a passive voice sentence must contain. Finally, they complete a mind map with the correct forms of the verb ‘to be’ in different tenses. After that, students read two texts about crimes and choose correct verb forms. Then, they discuss questions under each of the texts. Next, students look at two pictures and try to guess what the terms catfishing and social engineering mean. They also need to complete gaps in two short texts about catfishing and social engineering with correct forms of verbs in brackets. Finally, students discuss some questions about the crimes. After this lesson about passive voice, the teacher can choose to show students two TV show trailers about catfishing and ask them to predict some details of the stories. The teacher can also ask students to find more cases of catfishing and social engineering online as homework.
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