This PowerPoint is all about adding voice (based on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing) to students' writing. I start off with talking about tone and how voice and tone are "married." I then hand out a tone words list (available in my store) for students to reference throughout the presentation. Students then listen to five classical song snippets (such as the Ride of the Valkyries) and choose a tone word from the handout that describes the piece.
After students have mastered identifying the tone of a piece of music, we move on to videos. I show the original trailer for Mary Poppins and have students identify the tone. Students usually say "jovial" or "bubbly." I then show students the "Scary Mary" trailer in which Mary Poppins is portrayed as a horror film. Students analyze what elements in the video set the tone.
After students have mastered identifying the tone of videos, I ask students to pair up with a buddy and stand around the room. Students choose from a set of two-line scenes (it is a slide on the PowerPoint) and perform them for the class, choosing a tone for their performance that the audience must guess. I then move on to identifying tone in short passages. You can print off the slides for students and have them highlight the words in the passages that help set the tone (I like to use my Smartboard and do this as a class). There are 10 short passages/poems included in the PowerPoint (my favorite being the Roaches paired poems!).
After students have mastered identifying the tone of a passage, I have them grade two student writing samples on their use of voice using the 6 Traits Rubric (available here: http://educationnorthwest.org/sites/default/files/5-point-3-12-writers-rubric.pdf). As a final activity, students create a poem for two voices, using the 6 Traits rubric as a guide for their writing. I have also included a journal prompt to facilitate voice in students' writing.