Clarify That Voice is a Choice

Clarify That Voice is a Choice

Clarify That Voice is a Choice July 19, 2017 | [Writing] Teachers often approach the trait of voice with a little apprehension. Although some students write with voice naturally, all students can be taught how to include it in their own writing. To start, remember...
Include Feeling Words in Exclamatory Sentences

Include Feeling Words in Exclamatory Sentences

Exclamation marks are used in sentences that reveal extreme emotion. In addition to teaching the punctuation mark, improve students’ “emotions vocabulary,” beyond mad, glad, and sad. Three different ways to share voice with your students. The...
Adjust Writer’s Voice for Purpose & Audience

Adjust Writer’s Voice for Purpose & Audience

Adjust Writer’s Voice for Purpose & Audience March 11, 2014 | [Writing] When teaching voice, describe it as more than simply a student’s personality on paper. Voice is more accurately how the writer feels about the topic he is writing. Voice is the...
Turn up the Voice in Primary Writing

Turn up the Voice in Primary Writing

For many teachers, voice can be an elusive trait to teach. What is it? How do you teach it? Voice shows how the writer “feels” about the topic. And for young writers, voice can be a powerful ingredient in their pictures and early writing. Encouraging them...
Share Voice with a Moody Pumpkin Patch

Share Voice with a Moody Pumpkin Patch

While delivering on-site training, Smekens Education consultant Courtney Gordon shot this photo of a bulletin board at South Creek Elementary (Brownsburg, IN). Kindergartners in Julia Butz’s class each were assigned to write a personal narrative. Before writing,...