Verb Ball - a game to immediately change passive verbs to active verbs while waiting in the hall. 

This session will focus on the game Verb Ball. However, the author will talk about writing and encourage all students especially those with learning disabilities.  Tips for other activities will also help teachers encourage students.

Verb Ball is only one game from the book Teach Writing Without a Pencil

Teach Writing Without a Pencil is a collection of games and activities to help students improve their writing skills. Strong verbs, authentic voice, cohesive flow, and the joy of writing--all taught in games and activities. This book doesn't replace your writing program. It provides tools at your fingertips to enhance that program.

Developed by children's author, Peggy Purser Freeman, Teach Writing Without a Pencil offers fun-filled games and activities to teach writing. Use time every day at home, commuting to school, waiting in line, waiting for the bus, or during other teachable moments, this concept can grow your students into excellent writers.

Repeating the games and activities in this book will launch your students into the world of writing and improve test scores. Writing fun for you and your students.

What teachers say about Verb Ball and this book. “Thanks to the games in this book, our students are excited about expanding their writing abilities. The verb ball game was an exciting activity that allowed every student to participate and my students started thinking outside of the box to come up with the 'best verb..' I am already seeing writing improve and they are actually excited about writing.” ~ Melanie Cooper, 2nd-grade Teacher at T.W. Ogg Elementary, Clute, Texas.

Key Questions

  • How can I explain active vs passive verbs?
  • What can I do to get students thinking outside of the box to come up with the 'best verb?
  • How long will it take to students' writing improve
  • What can I do to get students to love writing?

Expected Outcomes

  • Students learn the difference between active vs passive verbs.
  • With games and actiivities, an active verb pops into the child's head before he writes the sentence which means fewer corrections, rewriting and dreaded low scores.
  • Students will see the difference after the first time they play Verb Ball and other games.
  • Students will have fun and if activities and games like this are played often, students will love writing again.


Curriculum Alignment

Completed Date

 11/15/2017 11:00 AM   Eastern Time




Peggy Purser Freeman Freeman and Company


Rachel Gerwin


Tracy Brawner WOODRIDGE EL


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Grade K To 5  
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Arts, A/V Technology & Communications  
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NOVEL WRITING MONTH: Verb Ball from Teach Writing Without a Pencil
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