Empowering Young Writers with VOICE
There are many factors that hinder young people from feeling confident expressing and communicating themselves through writing. Barriers such as minimal access to expansive vocabulary, lack of designated time to write, uncertainties around structural rules and writing in isolation all put the brakes on students who are trying to develop their voice as a writer.
These roadblocks can be combatted with special attention from writing teachers by building student vocabulary in authentic and innovative ways, giving ample and authentic opportunities to write, guiding them through investigating other styles of writers from not just the world, but also their own classroom and building a community of writers who no longer write in isolation. All of these drivers for change together equal more empowered and confident writers.
Each page of this site contains anecdotes, activities and findings to help educators give their students VOICE, especially in their first year of high school in order to promote positive habits in writing that lead to more confident writers.