Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Behind the Books: The Voice Change Game

Ready for another voice game? Try using parts of the calm, soothing text from Under the Snow to write a piece with an excited, playful voice.

In the heart of winter, a deep layer of snow blankets
fields and forests, ponds and wetlands. But under the
snow lies a hidden world.

Dozens of ladybugs pack themselves into a gap in an
old stone wall.

Voles spend their days tunneling through the snow.

A wood frog nestles in scattered leaves on the forest floor. It can freeze solid and still survive.

Buried in the mud, a frog and a turtle wait out the winter.
They never move and they barely breathe.

Next week I’ll share a piece written by a very clever fourth grader when I asked his class to do this exercise.

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