The Lives of a Man – The Storm – Passive Voice

Read through again and look at the passive voice phrases in block quotes:
Link to Passive Voice Notes

There was a storm.

The wind started to blow.

It blew harder.
It blew harder and harder.

It started to rain.

It rained heavily.
It rained more and more heavily.

The wind blew harder and the rain fell more heavily.

Things were blown about.

The man stayed inside his house.

He was safe inside his house.
It was windy outside but the man was safe inside his house.

The man was protected.
The man was protected from the wind.
The man was protected from the wind by the walls of his house.
The man was protected from the wind by god.

The cow stayed inside the barn.
It was windy outside but the cow was safe inside the barn.

The cow was protected.
The cow was protected from the wind.
The cow was protected from the wind by the barn.
The cow was protected from the wind by the walls of the barn.

The chickens stayed inside the chicken coop.
It was windy outside but the chickens were safe inside the chicken coop.

They were protected by the coop.

They were all safe.

The man was safe.
The cow was safe.
The chickens were safe.

They were not in any danger.

The wind grew stronger.
The wind grew stronger and the rain fell more heavily.

Lightning flashed.
Thunder rumbled.

The cow was afraid.
The chickens were afraid.
The man was a little afraid.

The wind blew stronger and stronger and the house shook.

The house was shaken by the wind.

The man grew frightened.

The man was frightened by the storm.

The wind blew stronger and stronger and the man grew more and more frightened.
The wind blew stronger and it shook the barn.

The barn was shaken by the wind.

The wind frightened the cow.

The cow was frightened.
The cow was frightened by the storm.

The wind grew stronger and it shook the chicken coop.

The wind frightened the chickens

The chickens were frightened.

The chicken coop was shaken by the wind.
The chickens were frightened by the storm.

The man and the cow and the chickens were all frightened.

Suddenly the wind blew the chicken coop away.
It blew the chicken coop away and it killed the chickens.
They were all dead.
The chickens were all dead.

The chicken coop was blown away by the storm.
The chickens were killed by the storm.

The man stayed inside.

He was safe inside but he was very frightened.

Next the wind blew the barn over.

It blew harder and harder and it blew the barn over.

The barn fell down and it killed the cow.

The cow was dead.

The barn was blown over by the wind.
The cow was killed by the storm.

The man was safe inside the house was but he was very very scared.

The wind picked up more.

It blew stronger and stronger and stronger.

The man huddled inside the house.

The cow lay outside.

It was dead.

It had been killed by the storm.

The chickens lay outside.

They were dead.

They had been killed by the storm.

The wind continued to pick up.

It blew harder and harder and harder and the man was terrified.

He was absolutely terrified.

He shook with fear.

Suddenly the wind blew the roof off the house.

It blew the roof off the house and it blew the walls down.

The roof was blown off by the storm.
The roof of of the house was blown off by the storm.
The walls were blown down by the wind.
The house was blown down by the wind.
The house was blown over by the wind.

The man lay on the ground.

He lay on the floor.
He lay on the floor and he listened to the roar of the wind.

The rain fell on his body and he got wet.

He was wet by the rain.

He was cold and tired and wet and terrified.
He was cold and wet and terrified and his cow was dead and his chickens were dead.

It was awful.

Teaching and Learning – Writing

Make a list of all the passive voice sentences. Can you write the active form?

The wind shook the barn.
The barn was shaken by the wind.

Link to Passive Voice Notes

Link to The Storm’s Destruction

Here is another story with notes on passive voice

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One Response to “The Lives of a Man – The Storm – Passive Voice”

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  1. lanchi nguyen says:

    The storm killed the cow.
    The cow was killed by the storm.
    The storm destroyed the life of the man.
    The life of the man was destroyed by the storm.

    Passive voice is very easy.

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