Incorporating ‘Voice’ in the English/Language Arts Classroom Sarah Menger
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
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=289
Professional Resources • Joyful Noise, Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman • Discovering Voice, Voice lessons for middle and high school by Nancy Dean • http://writingfix.com/6_traits/Voice/JPeterman1.htm for a lesson plan on informational voice • www.NWREL.org Creators of the 6+1 traits • http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/few/ for The Five Features of Effective Writing • “Writing Fix: The Voice Homepage” at http://writingfix.com/6_traits/voice.htm Additional resources with annotated notes on my personal page found on our wikispace at http://eng313.wikispaces.com/ENG313SarahMenger
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