Writers Voice Lesson 2

Developing Voice

Date: November 2


Subject: Language Arts
Grade Level: 7


Lesson Time: 40 min

Theme of the Lesson Plan: Continue to work on the understanding of a writers “voice” by reading a picture book “Shi-shi-etko”.


Brief Summary of the Lesson Plan: Review the key elements that were discussed in last classes lesson. Introduce the story and inform students to pay attention to the writers “voice” during the read-a-loud. Have different pages of the story photocopied and have students work in groups to discuss key points of the authors voice in the page they are analyzing. Have groups share their discussions to the class.


Curriculum Outcome(s):

Outcome: CR7.3

  • Use pragmatic (e.g., author’s purpose and point of view), textual (e.g., how author organized text), syntactic (e.g., main and subordinate ideas), semantic/lexical/morphological (e.g., figurative language and specific word meanings by their context, common affixes, and allusions), graphophonic (e.g., word patterns), and other cues (e.g., non-verbal cues, headings, charts, and diagrams) to construct and confirm meaning when viewing, listening, and reading.

Curriculum Indicator(s):

  • Pragmatic: Recognize and explain function and purpose of texts including informing, persuading, narrating, and describing; recognize use of language and language register (i.e., formal, informal, colloquialism, jargon, slang); recognize author’s purpose and point of view; detect use of emotional appeal or persuasive language (e.g., testimonials, emotional appeals, bandwagon effects).


Lesson Preparation:

  1. Have photocopies and handouts ready before class starts
  2. Have list of components to writers voice ready to refer to during brainstorm


Lesson Break Down Instructional Strategies:


Classroom Management: Time: Adaptive Dimension & Additional Activities:



o   Brainstorm with class about what they remember from last week about “voice”.

o   Write answers on board




o   Classroom discussion


o   Use countdown strategy if Students are off task.

o   Use proximity and circulation during independent work time

5 min  

o   Use Multiple Intelligences thorough out the lesson. Visual, Oral, Written.



o   Introduce the picture book Shi-shi-etko and read through the introduction to the story

o   Tell students to pay attention to the author’s words during the read-a-loud and what her “voice” is projecting through the main character.

o   Stop at 2-3 different points in the story and ask, “what is the author doing to project voice through the character”?

o   Introduce the assignment.

o   Each group will receive 2 photocopied pages from the story to analyze.

o   Have a list of guidelines for students to follow to help analyze the page. (See voice guidelines)

o   The groups will be asked to analyze the authors “voice” on the pages they have received and connect to what they feel the authors “voice” is










o   Direct Instruction

o   Direct Instruction

o   Read-A-Loud

o   Direct Instruction


o   Group Work





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o   Have another Picture Book to Read if there is time after presentation



o   Have students share their information to the class when they are finished






o   Group Presentation






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Assessment and Evaluation:

Formative: Make sure that students write down their points on the back of the photocopied picture. Assess whether or not groups have been able to recognize author’s purpose and point of view; detect use of emotional appeal or persuasive language in Outcome CR7.3.