What does VOICE mean? <ul><li>VOICE shows the writer's personality. The writing has a sound different from everyone else's. It contains feelings and emotions so that it does not sound like an encyclopedia article. The reader should be able to sense the sincerity and honesty of the writer. The writer should be writing from the heart. The language should bring the topic to life for the reader. The voice should be appropriate for the topic, purpose, and audience of the paper. </li></ul>
Read this quietly to yourself. <ul><li>I went canoeing with friends. They brought their dog. It was hot outside. The water felt good. The dog liked to play in the water with us. We all got wet. It was fun! </li></ul>
Now read this. <ul><li>One sizzling August afternoon my friends and I cruised down the Wisconsin River on a bright red canoe. Their energetic golden retriever, Paddington, rode along with us. Whenever one of us would shout, "Switch sides," Paddington would jump up and dance around. One time he leaped so high, he tipped the bouncing boat. We all flopped into the water splashing and laughing like baby seals. What fun! </li></ul>
Which story was more fun to read? <ul><li>In the second story you could hear the writer's voice. </li></ul><ul><li>The author's enthusiasm made it easy for readers to imagine what was happening. </li></ul>
A writer should do the following : <ul><li>Write honestly and from the heart </li></ul><ul><li>Share his/her feelings about the topic Speak directly to the reader (without using YOU) </li></ul><ul><li>Use language that brings the topic to life for the reader </li></ul><ul><li>Care about what he/she has written Write to be read </li></ul><ul><li>Use more expression than what is in an encyclopedia article </li></ul><ul><li>Give the reader a sense of the person behind the words </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with the reader </li></ul>
Now let’s hear your VOICE. <ul><li>It makes me SAD when... </li></ul><ul><li>The FUNNIEST thing that ever happened to me was... </li></ul><ul><li>I really get ANGRY when... </li></ul><ul><li>The most EXCITING thing I ever did was... </li></ul><ul><li>The SCARIEST thing I remember is... </li></ul>
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