Monday, September 30, 2013

AN INTERESTING WAY TO INTRODUCE THE PASSIVES AND PROCESS DESCRIPTIONS

My friend and fellow teacher Oya Özağaç has discovered a wonderful text to exploit while teaching passives and process descriptions: "The Surprising History of the Pencil; What Medieval History Has to Do with the Atomic Structure of Carbon" by Maria Popova. The little text is rivetting; i.e., has a most definite wow factor and looks as if it was written for the purpose of introducing passives and contrasting them with active forms. The bonus is that it is also a narrative. What more could one want?
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/24/history-of-the-pencil/

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