Passive Voice Race Game
Activity: Change to Passive
Level: High-intermediate through advanced
Preparation: around 5 minutes
Time: 30 minutes
Directions: Print this page. Fill in the blank spaces with the names of some of your students. Copy on to colored paper or cardstock and cut the sentences into strips. Divide the class into teams. This game is played in rounds. For each round, give every team one strip. Students work together to change the active voice sentence to passive. One member of the group races to the board and rewrites the sentence in the passive--if possible.(Almost all the sentences can be changed to passive; there are just a few that can't-- to throw a wrench into the activity.) You check the sentences with the class and keep track of each team's points on the board.
Scoring is as follows: Grammatically perfect sentences are worth 5 points. An incorrect passive voice sentence is worth 0 points. Subtract one point for every other type of grammatical mistake.