One of the amazing things about writing is that everyone is already a writer. Friday (and Tuesday 9/5) the students were introduced to the idea of Diction, Syntax, and Imagery and how these three things play a major role in creating voice. Students wrote about their attitudes on pizza and some brave souls shared them out to the class. Everyone was able to discover the writer's attitude toward pizza, all of them were positive. What made the writing stand out was the use of words, or diction. Some students praised the merits of the food it self, others praised Luigi's and others praised the social aspect of how a pizza can bring together groups of people. Every student successfully used diction in their writing.
We also talked about sentence structure. Some students used very simple sentences, "I like pizza". Other students use more complex sentences, "Pizza is a combination of God and Bob Marley". Both sentences infer that the writer likes pizza, however the sentence structure, the syntax, plays a role in the writer's view on pizza. Once again, every student successfully used syntax to writer about pizza.
Imagery is a bit more tricky. Imagery targets your senses and brings about a certain feel. For example, a student wrote, "salty pepperoni" and "sweet tomatoes" they described the way something tastes and the reader (or listener) was able to understand the taste of the food, salty and sweet. Imagery is something we strive for in our writing. Imagery brings the reader closer to the writer and what they are feeling, tasting, seeing, hearing or smelling.
With the use of diction, syntax and imagery, students were beginning to develop their voice. Voice is the personality that a writer brings to the work. Every student has a unique personality, that is what I want to discover in their writing.
I can't wait for my students to discover their voice!