Voice • Each writer has a distinct personality. • Each writer has passions, opinions, prejudices, and information. • Words should capture the writer's personality. • Writers with strong voice capture the reader's attention with individuality, liveliness, and energy. • Strong voice makes the writer's purpose clear. • Strong voice helps readers experience the emotions of the writer and understand the writer's ideas. • Careful word choice, punctuation, paragraphing, and style help strengthen a writer's voice.
Voice is... Individuality Personality Sparkle Liveliness Emotion Taking chances Unusual
Voice Let’s read this passage together: http://www.helium.com/items/1031142-what-were-the-most-exciting-moments-of-the-2007-nba-finals Does the author convey his or her voice? How does the reader know? What can be inferred about the author of this piece? What’s the purpose of the passage? Now let’s read this one: http://www.helium.com/items/1040684-reflections-what-i-should-have-known-about-essay-writing?page=2 Does the author convey his or her voice? How does the reader know? What can be inferred about the author of this piece? What’s the purpose of the passage?
Voice Writing from another point of view- 1. Using a sad voice, write about your first day of school. 2. Using an apologetic voice, explain to your dad/mom why you are late coming home from ____. 3. Using a persuasive voice, write about why you are campaigning for no summer reading.
Voice “Voice separates writing that is read from writing that is not read… Voice is the writer revealed.” Donald Murray