"I Like Your Style" Tone/Voice/Diction Full Unit- David Sedaris essays

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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This project-based learning full unit uses the essays "Us and Them" and "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris. This resource gives students the ability to analyze and critique non-fiction essays in order to discover how authors use tone, voice, and diction to achieve their purpose.

This unit includes links to two David Sedaris essays that are easily accessible, especially for a 1:1 classroom, so no outside texts needed! The unit culminates with students writing their own short personal essay.

Students will answer the driving questions: How does an author’s unique voice affect the reader’s interpretation of an essay?

They will follow these steps to deeper understanding of the genre:

B1: Students will be able to define tone, voice, and diction.

B2: Students will be able to interpret an author’s use of tone, voice, and diction in essays.

B3: Students will be able to apply concepts of tone, voice, and diction to create a 90 second personal essay.

This complete unit includes the following:

Lesson layout with detailed description of the project process

Relevant “musical tone sentences” hook lesson with teacher examples and directions. Gets kids up and moving while engaging them in content!

Introductory presentation that corresponds to hook lesson that also introduces driving question and benchmark learning scale

Links to “Us and Them” and “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris

Link to the audio of “The Santaland Diaries’ read by David Sedaris

Tone, Voice and Diction short quiz and key

Final 90 second personal essay assignment sheet

Final 90 second personal essay rubric

All components delivered as one pdf. All are linked to working google docs for easily editable versions of all documents (simply make a copy and edit!)

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
4 days
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