Tape Recorder Caper
Today's Snack: Put
your own style into a peanut butter sandwich. Choose something that is totally
"you" to put with it. Jelly? Sliced bananas? Honey? Chopped peanuts? Thin apple
slices? Enjoy your unique creation with a glass of milk.
Piece of writing paper
| No. 2 pencil
time you're with your friends, stop and listen to their voices. See how each
one sounds different? Each has its own natural rhythm.
your friends if it's OK, and turn on a tape recorder. Try to forget that it's
on, and speak naturally. Then listen to the recording. Do you notice how
everyone has a different "voice"?
kids ask a lot of questions, and other kids NEVER do. Some interrupt; others
hardly say anything, but what they do say is wise and thoughtful.
are mostly silly, but others are mostly serious. Then there are those who are
dramatic, those who are kind of emo, and those who are loud, wacky,
off-the-wall and creative.
different "voice" shows personality and sends out information through what they
say, and how they say it.
the same way with how you write.
important for you to express your feelings and emotions through your writing
"voice." Your readers should feel that they know you just as well as if they
were listening to you speak.
should understand your feelings, and care about what you think.
your writing is so special and different that no one else in the whole world
could have written a story or paper, then you have properly used your writing
need to write just as if you are telling a story aloud. Then it will be in your
own "voice." That means the reader will absorb the words and sentences on the
page just as if the reader was listening to you tell the story, orally.
you know what your own voice is like, and practice writing with it, then you
can experiment with copying other voices. Soon, you will be like an actor or
actress - only instead of acting different parts, you can write in different
do this, spend some time listening to your friends, family and people around
you to hear how each person's voice is different and distinctive. Make a game
out of guessing who is speaking just by listening to a voice, or guessing what
is going on in their life to make them sound that way.
Cody speak in one- and two-word bursts? You could have a character like that -
kind of gruff and gets to the point quickly.
you know anybody who's from another country, whose accent you could copy?
anybody stuck in the habit of always saying "like" several times in any
Madison tend to end each sentence as if it is a question? You know? Like, maybe
she's not so sure of herself?
other types of "voices" are there, that you might use in your writing?