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Really Using the Passive Voice

posted: 2.5.07 by Barclay Barrios

Have students review the section of the handbook on active and passive voice. Using a key passage from the current reading and working in small groups, have students revise each sentence in the passage into passive voice. (This will require them to identify the subject, the verb, and any objects.) Then use these revised passages in a discussion about the essay. Is the argument weaker when in passive voice? Are concepts clearer? Why or why not? Discuss how they might then use this strategy to check for fragments in their own drafts.

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Categories: Argument, Collaboration, Grammar & Style, Revising
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One Response to “Really Using the Passive Voice”

  1. claire mcmahon Says:

    This might actually work to help my students understand this concept!