Fat Free Verbs
Instructional Objective The learners will be able to identify and differentiate between active and passive verbs and replace heavy verbs with lean verbs. For example, the learner would replace the verbs, "utilize" or "employ," with the verb, "use." "Utilize" and "employ" are heavy verbs and "use" is a lean verb.
1. The dealer shuffles the deck and deals seven cards to each player and places the remaining cards face down to make the stock pile. The dealer starts the discard pile by turning over the top card of the stock pile.
2. Each player examines his or her cards and arranges them into sets.
A player can make two types of sets: active voice or passive voice sets and heavy/lean verb sets. For each set, a player must have a title card and two or three sentence cards whose verbs match the title card. For example, if a player has the passive voice title card, he or she must get two or three sentence cards that have passive voice sentences. If a player has a title card with the verb, "use," he or she must get two or three sentence cards that have verbs with the heavy form of "use". If the player can replace the verb on the sentence card with the verb on the title card without changing the meaning of the sentence, then the cards are of the same set. See the Card Design section below for examples of sets.
3. The player to the left of the dealer either picks a card from the stock pile or takes the top card from the discard pile. The player is looking for cards that will complete sets. The player then discards one card. The player's turn is over and play moves to the left.
4. The first person to acquire all sets wins the game.
Number of title cards - 12 (10 verb, 1 active voice, 1 passive voice)
Number of sentence cards - 48