Prior to the Lesson:
Prior to the lesson the students will have a special item from during the Zoom meeting to use in their writing for the week.
We will read the story, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, by Mo Willems. Discuss who the two voices in the story belong to. Using dry erase board list the different traits of each voice and discuss how we know who is talking. Explore creating several speech bubbles and see if you can recreate what the author did to make a character come alive. Compare the two different voices and develop a list of ideas that help tell who is talking in a particular frame without using a picture.
When done with modeling what the different voices look and sound like, try creating your speech bubbles. Share writing with the other people in the family and have them try guessing whose voice they have shared. This gives an opportunity to celebrate the success of using good choices in creating voice and discuss what would be needed to make it more obvious if you could not tell which voice was written.
On the second day review voice again and discuss what you know about how to use certain traits to make a voice come alive in writing. Try using, a singing bowl or bell. Discuss briefly why it is important to you, and then brainstorm what the bowl would say if it had a voice. Model a think-out-loud strategy to make the process transparent. Create speech bubbles for the singing bowl. Answer questions such as, “What would I say when I am happy?”, “What do I sound like when I speak softly?”, and “What helps me most when I want to speak to my friends?” Using this process problem solve how to help your child see what your object looks like and sounds like if it could talk. Try a few different objects and repeat this process to come up with voices for other objects.
Follow the same process from the day before with one other object. Create a list of things to help when you get stuck and can’t think of ideas for your voice. Have the child share an object and say one thing about its voice. Then use their object to independently write several speech bubbles from the voice of their object. Students will share their work when finished. Read the speech bubbles out loud and students will try to guess what item’s voice is speaking. Debrief and discuss what you have learned about voice.
Follow up lesson
Using the Pigeon story without narration your child will get to take turns using different voices in the story.
Student’s body of work from your writing for voice from Pigeon story and personal item exercise as well as an optional storyboard writing assignment.