Author’s Voice


ELAR-Grade-4 Author's Craft Author’s Voice
Students learn about author’s voice and how authors choose words to develop a unique style. Next, they read a variety of texts and identify the voice of the text. Then, students write their own stories and work on their voices as writers.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn about author’s voice and how authors choose words to develop a unique style. Next, they read a variety of texts and identify the voice of the text. Then, students write their own stories and work on their voices as writers.

Objectives

  • Define voice in text.
  • Discuss how an author creates voice in a text.
  • Compose a text that expresses a voice.

Duration

Two class periods. You may choose to have the students read the Goldilocks story before beginning the experience.


People can experience lots of different emotions; anger, sadness, happiness. These emotions are expressed through actions, the faces people make, or through body language. Authors try to do the same thing when they write. They give their characters and stories personalities. Each author’s unique style of writing is called voice. In this experience, you will learn how authors choose their words to develop their voice.

Objectives

  • Define voice in text.
  • Discuss how an author creates voice in a text.
  • Compose a text that expresses a voice.


Young woman screaming at mobile phone

Look at the picture. What do you think the woman is saying? Use your imagination.



Most students will likely recognize that the woman is angry.


It is easy for us to look at a picture and identify people’s feelings. We can do the same thing when we are reading. Read the following text. 


I am not a morning person, but today I popped out of bed. “Happy birthday to me!” I thought as I put on my neon pink, sequined birthday crown, sparkly dress, and boots. BAM! I was ready for the day!

I floated downstairs. I saw in the middle of the table a box with a giant bow. I thought, “It’s too small for a pony.” My mom was baking my cinnamon swirl pancakes.

“Go ahead and open it!” mom smirked. “I know you can barely stand it!”

I tore into the paper, ripped open the box. What was this? Was she kidding? A plastic pony? I turned to look at mom. Her back was turned from me but I could tell she was giggling.

AAAAHHHHHH!


Use the Internet to find an image that matches the feeling—or mood—in the text.


Review the students’ posts and discuss why they chose the images that they did. Ask them to make connections between specific words and phrases in the passage and the images that they chose.


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