To students - “You are writing a letter to someone who gave you a gift that you
love! How would that sound? Let’s brainstorm some words.”
Words that might be mentioned are excited, grateful, happy, and/or thankful. Then students would use a number of those words in their letter. Including those words alone will create a tone to the writing, as well as, students would have a specific audience they would be writing for. But Ruth was not done yet. The next stage to this voice writing piece would go like this:
“You got a gift from someone and three days later it broke. You are writing a
letter to the company who made the toy, stating how you feel, and that you want
them to replace the toy. How would that sound? Let’s brainstorm some
Once again, after the students have come up with some words, they use them in their writing. Sounds easy, right? The trick is ensuring we are intentional in our lesson design to provide clarity around what we want students to know, understand and be able to do as well as scaffold student learning; then, the ease of what we want students to know and be able to do flows into our instruction.