They did it for money (passive voice)

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Grammar - passive voice

lesson about passive voice

LESSON OVERVIEW

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. 

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

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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  1. amironova

    One of the best Lesson Plans ever! Brilliant!

    1. Ewa

      Thank you 🙂

  2. ESLcorpo

    Hello, there’s a problem with the link to the video. Is there anywhere else I could see the video?

    1. Stan

      What seems to be the problem? It works fine for us. Maybe it’s not available in your country?

      1. Languagedude

        Hi I love this lesson too but my students in Australia can’t view the video. Is it available somewhere else?

        1. Languagedude

          Yes – it’s not available there

        2. Stan

          It’s available in other countries (for sure in European countries and in both Americas). Sorry, it doesn’t work in Australia. It sometimes happens like that but we don’t have any chance to check the licensing for all the countries out there.

        3. caverissimo

          Hey! The video is from CBS and I was able to retrieve it here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/turkish-hacker-convicted-of-intricate-atm-robberies-netting-55-milion/#:~:text=Turkish%20hacker%20convicted%20of%20intricate%20ATM%20robberies%20netting%20%2455%20million,-By%20Josh%20Elliott&text=NEW%20YORK%20%2D%2D%20Ercan%20Findikoglu,of%20cash%20on%20his%20chest.

          1. Ewa

            Thanks!

  3. caverissimo

    The video also doesn’t work in Canada, just fyi.

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