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Understanding Voice in composition. Mr. Kreher Referencing: Dean, Nancy.  Discovering voice : voice lessons for middle and high school . Gainesville, FL: Maupin House Pub, 2006. Print. What is voice?.

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Understanding voice in composition

Understanding Voicein composition

Mr. Kreher

Referencing: Dean, Nancy. Discovering voice : voice lessons for middle and high school. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House Pub, 2006. Print.


What is voice

What is voice?

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Consider this sentence

Consider this sentence

  • The little pink fish swam upstream and died.

  • Rewrite the sentence and make it sad.

  • Rewrite the sentence and make it funny.


Understanding voice in composition

  • What did you have to change to make it sad/funny?


Elements of voice

Elements of Voice

  • Diction – word choice

  • Detail

  • Figurative language – metaphor, simile, personification

  • Imagery

  • Syntax – the sentence structure / word order

  • Tone – author’s attitude


Diction

Diction

  • Diction refers to the author’s choice of words

  • She looks around her house for her purse.

  • She rummages around her house for her purse.

  • He hung out in his house all summer.

  • He hunkered down in his house all summer.


Tired words

Tired words

  • Good

  • Nice

  • Pretty

  • Beautiful

  • Fine

  • Bad

  • Thing

  • Really

  • Very

  • Terrible

  • Wonderful

  • A lot


Understanding voice in composition

  • A redheaded woman was there with Trout. Kate could see her rummaging through the cabin, dumping drawers and knocking things from the shelves of cabinets.

  • -Louis Sachar, Holes

  • How is it different than

    • Kate could see her searching through the cabin, emptying drawers and taking things off of the shelves of cabinets.

  • Write a sentence a small boy making a mess in a restaurant. Choose words that are clear, concise, and concrete.


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