The passive voice can be taught in a wide variety of ways. Examples can be given. Exercises can be used. Games can be organized. Worksheets can be assigned... and sometimes, the best way to teach the passive voice is just to use it in sentences like the ones above. If you want to make sure that your class really understands what the passive voice means - and where it does and doesn’t make sense to use it - you’ll probably want to employ a combination of all these teaching tactics.
Teaching the passive isn’t as simple as rehearsing with sample sentences - after all, the modern approach to ESL teaching emphasizes a balance of grammar, reading, speaking, and listening. To make sure your students really understand the passive voice, it’s important to get them involved in all these activities, until their knowledge of the passive is grounded in a variety of experiences, and they feel confident about producing it on their own. The question is, where can you find exercises for all four learning categories?
That’s what BusyTeacher.org is here for! Our 237 passive voice worksheets will ensure that you never run out of ways to teach the passive, no matter how many class periods you have to spend on it. No matter if you’re preparing your lesson plans weeks in advance, or putting together some last-minute exercises before you rush off to class (hey, it happens to all of us), our passive voice worksheets will prepare you to tackle the passive voice from all angles.
Some of our 237 passive voice worksheets help you create role playing games and other high-energy activities. Others invite your students to read and answer questions about stories. Still others offer real-world examples of the passive voice in English writing and speaking. And of course, you’ve also got plenty of introductory fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice passive voice worksheets to choose from.
Working through a unit on countries, or holidays, or movies? BusyTeacher.org has got you covered! Our worksheets draw on a variety of themes for inspiration, and you’re sure to find some that fit into any topic of conversation. And whether your students are still working through ESL level one, or are approaching fluency at level five, we’ve got worksheets adapted for their level - along with many that can easily be adaptable to any ESL level.
All these worksheets have been created by real ESL teachers all over the world - and they’ve ended up on BusyTeacher.org because they were hits in the classroom. When you choose a passive voice worksheet from BusyTeacher.org, you never have to wonder if it’s workable or not, because it’s already been proven to work. Have a worksheet of your own to share with our community? Just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page.
As you browse our library of 237 passive voice worksheets, you’ll notice that you can preview all of them as thumbnail images, so you can quickly single out the ones that look especially interesting. Once you’ve found some you like, just download them and print them out - they’re totally free to use and share as you like. So scroll on down and take a look - we’ve got a passive voice worksheet for every occasion!
The passive voice is a grammatical construction (a "voice") in which the subject of a sentence or clause denotes the recipient of the action (the patient) rather than the performer (the agent). In the English language, the English passive voice is formed with an auxiliary verb (usually be or get) plus a participle (usually the past participle) of a transitive verb. For example, "Caesar was stabbed by Brutus" uses the passive voice. The subject denotes the person (Caesar) affected by the action of the verb. The counterpart to this in active voice is, "Brutus stabbed Caesar", in which the subject denotes the doer, or agent, Brutus. A sentence featuring the passive voice is sometimes called a passive sentence, and a verb phrase in passive voice is sometimes called a passive verb.