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Author's Craft

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Sonya Shedd

on 11 February 2013

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AUTHOR'S CRAFT What is Author's Craft? Just like a woodworker uses many tools and techniques to craft a piece of furniture, a writer uses tools and techniques to craft a piece of writing. Why study Author's Craft? Many professions learn from others when they are trying to perfect their work. Teachers learn from other teachers, doctors learn from other doctors and writers learn from other writers. By studying crafts of writer's, we will become BETTER READERS and WRITERS! Let's take a CLOSE look at some Author's Crafts Voice What is voice? Voice is the unique quality, tone, or style that jumps off the page in a given piece of writing. In a Narrative piece of writing the voice belongs to the Character, not the Author. In other pieces of writing the voice belongs to the writer, but in both cases the author is the one who creates that voice. Voice Continued In Narrative text we see Voice in a variety of ways Through the point of view of the character.
Through their view of the world.
Their attitudes and feelings.
The words they speak and the thoughts they ponder. Authors have created this voice by making sure they develop their character and making sure that every word, phrase and sentence they write aligns with the characters age, personality and experience. Voice Continued Always remember that writing that has strong voice has:

personality, color and emotion. Characteristics of Writing with strong voice:

It shows the writer's personality.
It contains feelings and emotions.
It sounds different from everyone elses writing.
The words come to life.
It comes from the heart. Voice Continued Think About It! What emotions might an author
show in their writing? How does the author show traits of a
character and how the character acts and feels? Let's look at some examples of voice! Turn and Talk Turn and Talk Examples of Voice Read from:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing By: Judy Blume How did the author use voice? Read from: Dear Mrs. Larue
By: Mark Teague? How did the author use voice? Your Turn It is now your turn to identify voice. As you are reading in your just right books notice the voice that the author is using. Can you write with voice? As you are writing your narratives think about what you have learned about voice. Author's Craft
Similes What is a simile? A simile is a figure of speach that makes a comparison between two unlike things and uses the words "like" and "as". Why learn about similes? They help a reader visualize what is happening in a story by comparing subjects with known events or things. Examples of Similes You were as brave as a lion. What is this simile comparing? They fought like cats and dogs. What is this simile comparing? Let's look at examples in a book. See if you can identify the similes. Read aloud:
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
OR
Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Your Turn It is now your turn to notice similes as you are reading in your just right books. Jot them down on sticky notes as you are reading. Also, try to use similes in your writing. How can you add them to your narrative writing? Can you think of similes you may use in your writing right now? TURN AND TALK! TURN AND TALK!
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