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  1. Incorporating ‘Voice’ in the English/Language Arts Classroom Sarah Menger

  2. Agenda • Define voice • Establish reasons for teaching voice • 6+1 Traits and Voice assessment • Introduce my unit and its emphasis on voice • Provide professional texts • Conclude

  3. Where to Begin? How I see it Voice is the style of writing as determined by the genre or audience. It includes the use of tone, diction, syntax, narration, and perspective.

  4. Why Teach Voice? • Students can become better readers of literature if they are able to recognize authorial voice ,and the associated stylistic effects. • Students can be better writers if they understand how to find their own voice, especially in different genres with a variety of intended audiences. • Voice is often an expected part of assessment but not as often taught explicitly.

  5. The 6+1 Traits and “Voice” How to get a 5 in Voice: The writer speaks directly to the reader in a way that is individual, compelling, and engaging. The writer crafts the writing with an awareness and respect for the audience and the purpose for writing.

  6. Discovering Identity through Multiple Voices: A Multicultural Literature Unit for 9th Grade • A description of my unit • Specific lessons targeting voice • Audience and voice • Lessons on tone, diction, detail, figurative language • Other activities you might consider using • Voices in the Park: A children’s story in which an encounter in the park is explored from various perspectives • A lesson which asks students to speak from the voice of a child laborer from the Industrial Revolution found at:

  7. Professional Resources • Joyful Noise, Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman • Discovering Voice, Voice lessons for middle and high school by Nancy Dean • for a lesson plan on informational voice • Creators of the 6+1 traits • for The Five Features of Effective Writing • “Writing Fix: The Voice Homepage” at Additional resources with annotated notes on my personal page found on our wikispace at

  8. Thank you!! Any questions??