The downloadable writing lessons attached to this post are samples of Lessons in the Discovery of Voice found in Ruth Culham’s incredible 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up. Culham defines ‘voice’ as being the literary trait that “is the soul of the piece. It’s what makes the writer’s style singular, as his or her feelings and convictions come out through the words (12).”
One of the primary benefits to approaching writing instruction through Culham’s trait-based techniques is that it “provides a common vocabulary for talking about writing (13).” And, in the lessons attached below, a common vocabulary for the discovery of voice in both fiction and non-fiction are presented in entertaining and child-centered manners. Enjoy!
Click here to download Lessons in the Discovery of Voice.