Tried It Tuesday: Writing With Voice (again!!) - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Tried It Tuesday: Writing With Voice (again!!)

I'm linking up for Tried It Tuesday with another fun activity to do with kiddos to encourage "voice" to come out in their writing! Thanks to my awesome BBB Holly for hosting each week! :o) Last week, I linked up an activity for voice and point of view- check it out if you missed it. This week, I did a little something different to work with voice and point of view...

Have you seen this adorable book yet??
If you have not seen it, or bought it, you must ASAP! :-P Each crayon in the box writes a letter to their owner, Duncan, expressing their concerns to him... and some of them are hysterical! My kids laughed out loud several times, as did I.

We have been working on opinion writing, and how to include reasons and details to support their opinions. This book is great to demonstrate this because each crayon supports his reason for quitting very well. You also "hear" the voice of each crayon- which is another big thing we've been working on. Here are a couple pages (you can click on them to enlarge them):
But let me tell you, my kids' favorite was PEACH. I won't ruin it for you if you haven't read it- but you'll all be rolling when you get to that page. :o)

After reading the book, we made a list of objects that we use everyday- things that might "quit" on us. Some ideas were forks, spoons, knives, soccer balls, chairs, books, toothbrushes... the list went on and on. Then I had them choose an object and write a letter to themselves from the point of view of that object. I also did not want them to SAY what they were until the end of their letter- I wanted them to give clues and reasons that would help us understand what object they were. Check out these HILARIOUS quick writes we did! (We are not taking these through the writing process, this was a "quick write" to practice writing from a different point of view and showing voice.)

Yes, he said "buttocks." LOL These kids are a hoot! There were several great ones, but these were my favorites, and the most legible. :o) I wish I had gotten a picture of my student who wrote from the point of view of a soccer ball- it was so good, too! "You're always kicking me around, putting your stinky shoes all over me!"

Do you have any ideas for opinion writing, or activities for voice? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

PS.. don't forget to link up tomorrow for Workshop Wednesday- we are sharing about WORD WORK activities! :o) To get your brains going on the topic, yesterday I shared an activity we do in my classroom. I hope to see you at the party!


  1. This is a FABULOUS idea for voice. I saw that book at Target last weekend, but I didn't pick it up. Guess I'll be going on Amazon and buying it. Voice and style are so important in writing, but not always the easiest to teach. Thanks for another great idea, Jivey! : )

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  2. Those are super cute! What a great idea! I'll have to remember this for my 2nd graders when we get to that in writing workshop!

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  3. I LOVE 4th graders would have so much fun with this quick write!!! I've added the book to my (miles long) Amazon wish list :)

  4. What a great lesson! I already put the book on hold on my library! I can't wait to try this with my students!


  5. Love it! And, I agree with Ali, voice is not the easiest to teach, but this lesson is perfect! Totally stealing!
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  6. This is so adorable!! I love their letters. Too cute! I have to borrow this idea when I get to voice. Thanks!!
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  7. I just want to come and sit in your class and watch you teach for days upon end. You impress me each and every post!
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  8. This book looks fantastic! I love the idea of this. I am going to have to check it out.

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  9. Love your student samples!! Thanks for leaving us hanging on the Peach crayon page - now I have to buy this book - I think you owe me money for all the books you are getting me to buy. Started mentor sentences this week!!!

  10. Are We There Yet?
    We just finished our first writing unit using this book as our mentor text. The kids wrote letters from the perspective of a Halloween item. They turned out great. We had our presentation for parents today. The kids absolutely loved doing this!

  11. I have heard of this book, but had forgotten about it. Off to Amazon to by it now. Point of View is our topic next week - my favorite topic to teach!
    ~April Walker
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  12. What a cute idea!! I fell in love with this book when I saw it in BN over the summer, and I need to own it soon. I will have to try this with my kids!

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