voice · writing workshop

Making “Voice” Visible

Can you really teach a writer to use voice?

Often abstract concepts across any content area make a teacher’s head spin. 

There is no way to “teach” abstract thinking. 

They just have to “get” it! 

I can’t make them see this if they can’t see it.

There are times when these statements may feel true. Identifying and isolating techniques for student writers can be one way we help students take their intention to reality!

The techniques below can really change the meaning, sound, and interpretation of the writing. Using a chart similar to the one below is one way to help students see the power they truly have to show the voice and personality they are trying to convey. Having students try this technique with a phrase from their own writing can be fun and funny.

As someone who slices through the month of March, one of my favorite things to find are ways writers use their voice to convey a mood, tone, or personality. From the way a writer uses point of view to word choice, there are many simple ways we can encourage our writers to do the same.

Check out these posts from some of the co-authors here at Two Writing Teachers for more inspiration and ideas when teaching voice.

Write Like Me: Finding Our Voice by Morgan Davis

Honoring Student Voice by Lanny Ball

A Mini-Unit on Joke-Telling by Elizabeth Moore

3 thoughts on “Making “Voice” Visible

  1. Love your “Technique/Outcome” chart! Such easily visible ways to show voice. I’m wondering about adding an audible component for more practice. Listen to this and think about how you would write it. Share your thinking with your writing partner!

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