Active voice is a sentence where the subject of the sentence performs the action. A sentence written in the passive voice the subject receives the action. When writing essays try to use the active voice as much as possible. When we use the passive voice, sentences often use far more words than needed.

  • An example of an active voice: The snake bit the woman.

  • Example of passive voice: The woman was bitten by a snake.

Active voice sentences require fewer words to communicate the same ideas as the passive voice versions.

Classroom activities about active voice writing:

Grammar Game - Passive Voice, interactive

Passive Voice (animated video) & Passive Voice Explanation

Passive Voice - Change these sentences from passive to active voice

Active or Passive - You choose, interactive quiz

Active and Passive Voice, Millionaire, interactive

Battleship Active and Passive Voice Game

Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark, voice interactive

Revising Passive Construction (Interactive)

Active Voice - Passive Voice (MrsZimmerman)

Language Arts

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format

Active-Passive Voice Lesson Plan for Teachers

7 activities to teach passive and active voice in the classroom