Forming and Using Verbs in the Active and Passive Voices
This chapter discusses the active and passive voices, focusing on the features of each voice and the purposeful ways writers use each kind in their works. The chapter begins by looking at the characteristics and formation of sentences in the active and passive voices. After that, it explains why understanding the active and passive voices is important to effective writing, using published examples of both voices to illustrate their impacts and purposeful uses. Next, the chapter presents a classroom snapshot section, which describes the author’s experience teaching this concept to an eighth-grade class. The chapter then provides key recommendations for teaching students about the active and passive voices. It ends with a bulleted list of final thoughts on this topic.