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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Persuading the Principal: Writing Persuasive Letters About School Issues

Students learn that you don't have to raise your voice to raise a point. Writing a persuasive letter to your principal is a great way to get your opinions heard.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Teaching Voice with Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park

Students analyze Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne to determine how an author keeps an audience interested by creating voice and to applying that knowledge to their own writing.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Giving Voice to Child Laborers Through Monologues

Students present monologues in the "voice" of someone involved in child labor in England, respond to questions, and then discuss contemporary child laborers and compare them to the past.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Persuasive Arguments through Ethical Inquiry: Two Prewriting Strategies

In this lesson, students use focused prewriting strategies to explore content and ethical issues related to a persuasive assignment.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Tell Me Your Story: Video-Inspired Vocabulary Writing

Students watch a sample of artistic video clips online and respond through creative writing while using the vocabulary words they are currently studying.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

This is My Story: Encouraging Students to Use a Unique Voice

What did the wolf think of Red Riding Hood? Once Upon a Fairy Tale offers his side of the story and more, providing vivid examples of how voice enlivens narrative. After comparing versions of the story, students apply the concept of voice to Fractured Fairy Tales and other writing activities.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Writing Free Verse in the "Voice" of Cesar Chavez

Poetry and politics combine in this lesson where students write a free verse poem in the voice of Cesar Chavez.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

Choosing the Best Verb: An Active and Passive Voice Minilesson

Students explore how active and passive voices are appropriate to different audiences. They examine online resources, and then draw conclusions about verb use, which they apply to their own writing.

 

Writing Across the Curriculum: R.A.F.T. Prompts
using RAFT assignments to teach perspective and to make writing tasks more authentic

Meet Terra Graves, a Northern Nevada Writing Project Consultant since 2004. Terra wrote the following introduction to the fifth and final module in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Writing Across the Curriculum Guide:

"Before I moved to middle school, I taught sixth grade for nine years. What did I least look forward to...the state writing assessment! Why? Because the prompts that the students had to respond to were so…so…blah! Usually, just about everyone could write to the prompt, but it wasn’t always very meaningful to them.

"When I discovered the R.A.F.T. prompts, my prompt aversion promptly subsided. These are wonderful! The students like them because the prompts can be customized to what they are learning. R.A.F.T. prompts encourage writing that is meaningful. The writing they produce actually expands their understanding of a concept. Because of the different aspects of the prompt, students must assume a different point of view (ROLE) to shape the information (TOPIC) they learned into a particular format.

"When my students got to create their own prompts, I couldn’t believe what they came up with. Once they’re given the structure of the R.A.F.T. prompt, and the 'menus' to help them, they treated it like it was a game. I encourage content area teachers everywhere to use this strategy to elicit meaningful writing for learning in their classes.

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