Voice is one of the hardest Traits to teach. It requires a young writer to harness their personality and make their uniqueness shine through in their writing. This Trait requires a lot of support and should be modeled through read alouds of famous authors and author studies.
Voice Memo App (built in)
To support my young writers I have them use the Voice Memo app. As a prewriting activity, I have them record themselves sharing their idea or story. Often when a child orally tells their story, they naturally demonstrate their personality. Then, when they finish writing their story, I have them listen back to their first recording to see if they integrated any of the ideas and sentences they used in their initial recording.
Also, I have them record themselves reading their writing aloud when they finish their story. They can listen to their story to see if their sentences sound original, if their personality comes through, and if they sound confident. I also have them self-assess their use of the Voice Trait using a kid-friendly rubric. Allowing my students to self-assess, helps them to have a clearer understanding of their effective use of the Voice Trait. Follow this link to find an excellent 6 Traits kid-friendly rubric (www.middleweb.com). You can use this rubric to adapt one for your students’ needs. If you do not have a lot of experience creating rubrics, I recommend using Rubistar. This is a great resource that will not only help you to create your own rubrics, but also allow you to search for rubrics that are already made.
Here is a rubric I adapted for the Voice Trait from the Middleweb.com site:
- Excellent: My writing is really individual and powerful.
- My personality comes through.
- My writing sounds confident.
- When my friends read this they feel as though the I am speaking to them.
- My writing is full of feeling.
- I did a lot of showing, not telling.
- Okay: My individuality fades in and out.
- My true feelings and emotions show up sometimes.
- When my friends read this they will know what I mean, but they may not laugh or cry.
- I used more telling than showing.
- Needs Work: This writing is not quite me yet.
- My personality does not come through.
- I used too much telling.
- My writing sounds robotic.
This blog entry is part of a series focusing on integrating iPods during the writing block with a focus on the use of the 6 +1 Traits of writing. Please return to find out about specific apps I use to support the other traits of good writing.
Please share other ideas to utilize iPods to support the Voice Trait!