Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January 5th, Visit to Jay Middle School, Grades 7/8

Lynn and I met in the morning yesterday.  We reviewed a lesson on voice she had planned.  It was great!!!  Following is a very shortened version. 

Lynn selected several quotes from literature as well as her students' writing that had strong voice.  For each one of these, she wrote a voiceless piece, covering the same topic. 

Next she created a T-Chart labeled YES and NO.  She read the first piece (with strong voice) and said, this goes in the YES column.  Next she read its voiceless counter part and put it in the NO column.

After several examples, she asked students to make the choice as she read the examples.   Finally, she asked students to take a few minutes and write down (by themselves) a list of 3-4 "traits" or "characteristics" a piece had to have in order to qualify for the YES column. 

Once that was completed, Lynn had the students share and score other examples accoring to voice.

Lynn has developed this well beyond what I have shared here.  If you would like to know more, you can contact her at:

Thank you Lynn.  We learned a great deal.  Excellent as always.

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