Knowing Your Audience


English Language Arts Grade 6 The Writing Process
Students identify and analyze how writers vary their writing depending on the audience. They evaluate how authors choose register, tone, and voice for the audience. Then they examine word choice by analyzing passages to determine the intended audience. Finally they write a passage for a specific audience.

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Overview

In this experience, students identify and analyze how writers vary their writing depending on the audience. They evaluate how authors choose register, tone, and voice for the audience. Then they examine word choice by analyzing passages to determine the intended audience. Finally they write a passage for a specific audience.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 5.

Objectives

  • Analyze how a writer’s audience impacts register, tone, voice, and word choice.
  • Write a passage for a given audience.

Duration

One class period.


When you write, you are communicating a message to your readers. You adjust what you say and how you say it, depending on your audience. In this experience, you will identify how the audience impacts a writer’s register, tone, voice, and word choice.

Objectives

  • Analyze how a writer’s audience impacts register, tone, voice, and word choice.
  • Write a passage for a given audience.


lots of vegetables on a table with a laptop

It’s your job to cook dinner for your family tonight. You need to plan the menu and then go to the grocery store to buy the ingredients.


How would you decide on a menu and which items to buy when you go to the store?

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Let students discuss how they would set a menu and making a shopping list for the family dinner. If chefs don’t choose a menu that suits the diners, the people may never even taste the food. If chefs don’t follow a recipe, the meal might not be tasty.


Before you make dinner for your family and friends, you should think about who is going to eat the meal as you decide which food to serve. You should consider their likes and dislikes or any food allergies. Then you use recipes to help make a list of what ingredients to buy.


How is cooking dinner for your family similar to writing? Hint: What “recipe” do you use when writing?

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Both cooking and writing are done to produce an end product. Writing that doesn’t follow the “recipe” may be unclear and difficult to read. 


A writer’s ingredients are her words. Just like a cook changes his ingredients based on what he is making, a writer changes her words based on what she is writing and who will be reading.


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