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Voice The Heart and Soul of Writing Voice…a definition • Voice is the writer’s personality and individuality, translated to the page. • It is also enthusiasm, energy, curiosity, and commitment. • Voice shows that a writer cares about his/her audience and topic. • All good writing, not just fiction, has a distinct voice to it. Voice is often based on the point of view of the person writing the essay or story, and it reflects a particular set of attitudes that allow readers to hear the words spoken in their heads in a specific tone. By looking at the voice of other authors you can… • Experiment with voice in your own writing. • See how your favorite authors distinguish themselves through their use of voice. • Discover how grammatical choices characterize an author's craft. Voice in Narrative Writing • Honesty produces strong voice in writing, but by honesty we don’t mean factual accuracy. Honesty in narrative is about creating characters who are true to human nature. • Because student writing sometimes lacks voice your first task in exploring voice will ask you to “play” with the voices of four characters in a scene. A Rip in the Pants A student in Grade 5 has had his/her pants/shorts/skirt/dress/capris ripped. You need to recall this event from the point of view of • The student (who has pants ripped) • The teacher • The principal • Another student who sees/hears of the incident. Write in first person as you are the voice for each of these four people. Decisions you need to make: • How do the pants get ripped? • What happens after the ripping that makes the teacher and principal get involved as well as the other student, unless the other student was involved in the ripping. ***Remember to consider how students in Grade 5 speak, how teachers speak and how a principal would speak/react. You will need to focus on word choice and sentence fluency to project the appropriate tone in your writing.
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