Lessons & Units

Voice 4th Grade Unit


Lesson 1 Analyzing Author’s Voice Give examples of words and phrases that support the author’s voice in a poem.
Lesson 2 Compare and Contrast Author’s Voice Compare and contrast words and phrases in poems with different voices.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Students can use a graphic organizer to identify subject, tone, style, and language in fiction books, reading passages, and poems in literature groups and independent reading. (See below ['More Books for Teaching Voice'] for suggested book list for books that have a strong voice.)
  • As a class, you can study one author and have students discuss the voice of the author throughout several books. They can chart their findings on a graphic organizer.
  • Have students write book reviews that describe the author’s voice in each book and why a reader may or may not want to read that book. Have students give examples of the words and phrases that support their description of the author’s voice.
  • Have students write a paragraph or poem on the same subject in two different voices. Discuss what was similar and different in the two paragraphs or poems. Students can also exchange their paragraphs or poems with partners and change the voice by rewriting it in a different one.
  • Have students write about a familiar activity (a trip to the movies) from the voice of an old woman, little boy, giggly teenager, or a troublemaker. They can also act out the activity in the voice of the person.
  • Have students discuss voice in their stories and help them revise by adding details that support the voice.
  • Read famous historical speeches aloud or play recordings of them. Discuss the voices of the famous speeches (e.g. serious, urgent, inspirational, etc.) Choose specific words and phrases that support the voice of the speech.
  • Discuss the voice of reading passages on the website. Have students provide evidence from the text to support their thoughts on voice. They can highlight or underline the sections of the text that support the author’s voice.
  • Provide students with song lyrics and have them discuss the tone or voice of the lyrics. Then play the song. Discuss whether the music also reflects the voice of the songwriter.