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Creating Super Sentences. Another Mnemonic From Mrs. D . OUTCOME: Learn to create SUPER sentences by using “active voice.”. Objectives: Students will learn to . . . Identify passive “be verbs” Change passive sentences into active sentences

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Creating super sentences
Creating Super Sentences

Another Mnemonic

From Mrs. D 


Outcome learn to create super sentences by using active voice
OUTCOME: Learn to create SUPER sentences by using “active voice.”

Objectives: Students will learn to . . .

  • Identify passive “be verbs”

  • Change passive sentences into active sentences

  • Explain why active sentences are superior to passive sentences


A long time ago
A long time ago . . . voice.”

At a writers’ conference . . .

If you could give us just one tip that would make us better writers, what tip would you offer?

The best question . . .


Two kinds of sentences
Two kinds of sentences voice.”

Passive (Passive Voice)

Active (Active Voice)

Interesting, CAPTIVATES

Relies on active verbs

How many? Thousands!

  • Basically BORING

  • Relies on passive verbs

  • How many? 23


A memory trick
A memory trick voice.”

  • If only you could remember those23 passive verbs, you could . . .

  • Find the boring sentences.

  • Get rid of the passive verbs.

  • Replace them with active verbs.


Search and destroy mission
Search and Destroy Mission! voice.”

Be Verbs

Be, is, am

Are, were, was

Being, been, may, can, do, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, should,

Must, might, could, will, AND would


Achieving active voice

Brahms Lullaby voice.”

Achieving Active Voice

By Memorizing Be Verbs

to the Tune of Brahms Lullaby


What is brahms lullaby
What is Brahms’ Lullaby? voice.”

Kudos to Aaron Neville . . .Brahms’ Lullaby from the video, Goodnight Moon, courtesy of YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otIr5Bg9_y0


Be verbs
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, am

Are, were, was

Being, been, may, can, do, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, should,

Must, might, could, will, AND would


Be verbs1
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, am

Are, were, was

Being, been, may, can, do, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, should,

Must, might, could, will, AND would


Be verbs2
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, _____,

Are, _______, was

Being, been, _______, can, ____, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, __________,

Must, might, could, ______, AND would


Be verbs3
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, _____,

Are, _______, was

Being, been, _______, can, ____, does

Did, ______, have

Has, shall, __________,

Must, _______, could, ______, AND would


Be verbs4
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, _____, _____,

Are, _______, _______,

Being, _______, _______, can, ____, does

Did, ______, ________

Has, _______, __________,

Must, _______, could, ______, AND _______


Be verbs5
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, _____, _____,

Are, _______, _______,

Being, _______, _______, can, ____, _____

Did, ______, ________

Has, _______, __________,

Must, _______, _____________, AND _______


Be verbs6
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, _____, _____,

_____, _______, _______,

Being, _______, _______, _____, ____, _____

______, ______, ________

Has, _______, __________,

_____, _______, _____________, AND _______


Be verbs7
Be Verbs voice.”

_____, _____, _____,

_____, _______, _______,

_____, _______, _______, _____, ____, _____

______, ______, ________

_____, _______, __________,

_____, _______, _____________, AND _______


Be verbs8
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, am

Are, were, was

Being, been, may, can, do, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, should,

Must, might, could, will, AND would


Be verbs9
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, am

Are, were, was

Being, been, may, can, do, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, should,

Must, might, could, will, AND would


Every time you write you are faced with a choice
Every time you write, you are voice.” faced with a choice . . .

Passive Verbs

Active Verbs


It s like the difference between
It’s like the difference between . . . voice.”

Passive Verbs

Active Verbs

Clark Kent

Superman


Creating super sentences1
Creating Super Sentences voice.”

  • Find the passive verb and destroy it.

  • Find the subject and the second noun.

  • Rewrite the sentence by switching the order of the noun parts.


Try making this super
Try making this SUPER! voice.”

That play was composed by Thornton Wilder.

  • Find the “be verb” and destroy it (cross it out).

    That play WAS composed by Thornton Wilder.

  • Find the subject and the second noun part:

    That play WAS composed by Thornton Wilder.

  • Rewrite the sentence by switching the noun parts:

    Thornton Wilder composed that play.


Think search and destroy
Think, “Search and Destroy!” voice.”

I am puzzled by your question.

  • Find the “be verb” and destroy it (cross it out):

    I AM puzzled by your question.

  • Find the subject and the second noun part:

    I AM puzzled by yourquestion.

  • Switch the word order and tweak the verb:

    Your question puzzles me.


Search and destroy 3
Search and Destroy #3 voice.”

The puppy is frightened by loud noises.

  • Find the “be verb” and destroy it (cross it out):

    The puppy IS frightened by loud noises.

  • Find the subject and the second noun part:

    The puppy IS frightened by loudnoises.

  • Switch the word order and tweak the verb:

    Loud noises frighten the puppy.


Search and destroy 4
Search and Destroy #4 voice.”

Plays are performed by actors.

  • Find the “be verb” and destroy it (cross it out):

    Plays ARE performed by actors.

  • Find the subject and the second noun part:

    PlaysARE performed by actors.

  • Switch the word order and tweak the verb:

    Actors perform plays.


Search and destroy 5
Search and Destroy #5 voice.”

This painting was purchased by Ms. Jones.

  • Find the “be verb” and destroy it (cross it out):

    This painting WAS purchased by Ms. Jones.

  • Find the subject and the second noun part:

    This painting WAS purchased by Ms. Jones.

  • Switch the word order:

    Ms. Jones purchased this painting.


Prove that you got it
Prove that you “got it!” voice.”

Directions: 1) If the sentence is already active, write “A.”

2) If the sentence is passive, write “P.”

3) Change passive sentences to active:

  • Find the passive verb and destroy it.

  • Find the subject and the second noun.

  • Rewrite the sentence by switching the order of the noun parts.


If that was too easy try this

Brahms Lullaby voice.”

If that was too easy, try this . . .

_____, _____, _____,

_____, _______, _______,

_____, _______, _______, _____, ____, _____

______, ______, ________

_____, _______, __________,

_____, _______, _____________, AND _______


Be verbs10
Be Verbs voice.”

Be, is, am

Are, were, was

Being, been, may, can, do, does

Did, had, have

Has, shall, should,

Must, might, could, will, AND would


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