Voice Whizardry: 36 Discovery Activities to Develop Personal Writing Voice

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Maupin House Publishing, Inc., 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 89 pages
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"Tired of dull, formula-driven writing from students? Discover Voice Whizardry and reawaken their slumbering voices! Easily adaptable to any balanced language arts program, these 36 Discovery Activities teach students in grades 4-8 how to identify the subtle elements of voice and use them skillfully in any writing situation. With literary models and student writing samples for narrative and expository writing throughout, this resource will show teachers and students how to: •Recognize voice in the writing of others •Choose writing topics carefully •Personalize and focus responses to write-on-demand prompts •Adapt writing voice to different audiences and genres •Expand vocabulary --essential for writing growth Plus, each Discover Activity includes a new kind of mini-lesson that helps teachers explore their own voice before introducing the skill to the class --perfect for Professional Growth and/or Development Plans."

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Maity Schrecengost is an author and former classroom teacher now specializing in helping K-5 teachers teach elaboration and writing craft. She is the author of Researching Issues, Writing Whizardry, Writing Whizardry (Second Edition), Voice Whizardry, High Above the Hippodrome, Research to Write, Researching Events, Researching People, Write to be Read, and the award-winning Tasso of Tarpon Springs, and Panther Girl. Maity is a skilled teacher-trainer, and she presents workshops at schools and libraries, professional conferences, and writers' institutes. Maity's engaging approach to research and her love of Florida history make her a sought-after speaker at Young Authors' conferences and school in-service workshops and seminars.

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