I'm sharing a set of activities I created to work with a group of C1 students on the use of passive voice in the context of news. I hope you find it useful.
Warm up: Students share their opinions. Whole class.
How important is it to be informed?
What is the role of the newspaper in society?
What comes to mind when you hear the word "news"?
What's in the news these days?
Which source of news do you think is best?
Show them the headlines below. Do they realte to their answers?
Devide the class in 4 groups. Each of them is going to defend a source of information. They will have 5 minutes to generate arguments to defend theirs and to attact the others'.
The options are: Television, Radio, Internet and Newspaper.
Activity 2: Understanding and grammar discovery.
Activity 3: Once they understood and practiced the use of passive voice, have them invent facts about a story in order to apply the structure. Using the headlines seen in the first activity as a starting point, they have to come up with 2 or 3 sentences.
Closure: Students read this article taken from breakingnewsenglish.com and write a short report based on what they have read, seen and heard about the virus. Finally, they will read it to the class to see if they have similar ideas.
As a follow up: My students prepared a 5-to-10-minute presentation on the most shocking news they remembered for the following class. They had to select one event they vividly recalled and describe the context in which it took place, why they found it shocking and which was the impact it had in the community.
BTW, I should have recorded them, they were great.
Here's the worksheet.
What do you think?