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Learning to write with VOICE is an important part of becoming a successful writer. According to Education Northwest, voice is “the writer coming through the words, the sense that a real person is speaking to us and cares about the message. It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath. When the writer is engaged personally with the topic, he/she imparts a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone. And it is that individual something–different from the mark of all other writers–that we call Voice.”
  • 9.6.33: Demonstrates awareness of literary features and their effects
  • 9.6.35: Includes insightful and creative ideas
  • 9.2.16: Maintains a consistent voice in writing


  • Create a presentation using a combination of pictures and words, in the voice of the protagonist of your core novel, about the literature you recommend for him/her so far (see details at the bottom of this page)
  • Write a paragraph about an incident, using the voice of a picture book character
  • Write a paragraph that will serve as an introduction to your presentation, in the voice of your protagonist


  • How do diction, details, syntax and overall presentation style help authors to create voice for a character?
  • Why is voice such an important element in writing?
  • How would the main character of my core novel react to the literature I have found an analyzed for him/her so far and why is one mode of expression the best choice for showing that?
Day 1Day 1 HW Day 2 Day 2 HW Day 3 Day 4/Day 4 HW 
Benchmark 9.6.33: Demonstrates awareness of literary features and their effects
  • KNOWING: read Fancy Nancy book
  • UNDERSTANDING: list FN’s character traits
  • APPLYING: Find evidence from the story to justify the character traits you listed
  • ANALYZING: label each evidence as diction, detail, syntax, or presentation
  • CREATING: Write a paragraph describing the candy incident in FN’s voice, using diction, details, syntax, and presentation features to convey the character’s traits.
  • EVALUATING: Peer feedback on paragraphs

Benchmark 9.6.35: Includes insightful and creative ideas

  • KNOWING: reread sections of your book or skim the entire book
  • UNDERSTANDING: list the protagonist’s traits, hopes, fears (you can use your Character Log as a guide) and find 5-10 words from the list that best describe his or her voice
  • APPLYING: Create an idea board with pictures that represent the protagonist’s voice (see *** below for description of IDEA BOARD)
  • ANALYZING: for 10 of the images on the idea board, provide textual evidence and identify what type of evidence it is (diction, details, syntax, presentation)
  • CREATING: Write a paragraph in your character’s voice, introducing the topic of your presentation
  • EVALUATING: comment directly on 3 peers’ drafts, indicating your understanding of how the writer used diction, etc. to convey the character’s voice

  • a collage of pictures, words, colors and even arrangement that creates a visual representation of their character’s voice.
  • nontextual representations of the character’s personality traits
  • can contain individual words as well, but the focus is on non-text things like colors, design, pictures, facial expressions, locations, items…..

Benchmark 9.2.16: Maintains a consistent voice in writing

  • KNOWING: Look through the list of tech tools and click on 5 or more to learn about them; take notes
  • UNDERSTANDING: Share notes with peers; take notes on peers’ observations
  • APPLYING: Choose 3 possible tech tools to use for this assignment and list the pro’s and con’s of each
  • ANALYZING: choose tool and format of your final presentation; create a storyboard for presentation
  • CREATING: Create your presentation “Literature in the eyes of _______”
  • EVALUATING: Reflect on own work and those of peers’


  • Read Tavi Gevinson’s style rookie blog and see if you can “hear” her voice
  • Dave Barry’s columns also have a well-developed voice(click here and then click on “columns”)
  • Click here for more tips on developing your voice in your writing
  • This document contains words to describe a writer’s voice.
  • This powerpoint will explain what syntax is and how to talk about it.
  • Click here for the checklist of activities and explanation of grading for the VOICE unit
Details for final product: 
Create a presentation using a combination of pictures and words, in the voice of the protagonist of your core novel, about the literature you recommend for him/her so far. Choose a presentation tool that allows the character’s voice to come through.
You MUST mention at least 10 items that you have analyzed so far. They might all be items that the core character would relate to. If you don’t have 10 that “go” with your core character, then you can include some “misfits” too.
You must explain (in your character’s voice, using multimedia), what s/he “thinks” about each item. Convey the character’s reaction to that item. The reaction can be in words, pictures, music, or a combination of these.
Final Reflection
  • Reread the assignment description above, thinking about how– and how well you fulfilled the requirements.
  • On the VOICE page of your blog (or on paper if you worked on paper for this unit), write a paragraph that helps me see the connection between your core character’s voice and the presentation. Be sure to point out what techniques and elements you used, and why (diction, details, syntax, and presentation). BE SPECIFIC AND PERSUASIVE. If you are hoping for a 4– why should you get one (focus on how well you learned about voice, not how slick your final presentation was). THEN, choose another student project that you think deserves a 4 and tell them why (be specific and comment on how well they showed their learning). Post your comments on the student’s VOICE or PROJECTS page and then copy/paste your comments into your own blog page (or paper if you were using paper for this unit).
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