Lesson Plan

Developing Voice

Voice is the energy, intention, and personality behind a piece of writing or character, as shaped by the author. Writers will examine voice in story excerpts and then practice crafting voice on their own.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify voice in various pieces of writing and play with voice in their own writing.


(10 minutes)
  • Explain that you are going to read an excerpt from a book. While students listen, they should jot down notes about what they hear that gives clues about the character’s personality.
  • Read the excerpt on the worksheet Looking at Voice in Junie B. Jones.
  • Take student ideas about the character’s personality. Make notes in the margin on the sheet if you are able to project it.