This is a great activity to use with your middle to higher students when you are trying to teach them to include voice in their writing expository essays. Start off by laminating a class set of these worksheets and purchasing red, white, blue, gold, black and green poker chips at a local Walmart or HEB Plus. One set of all these will usually cost around $10 to $12, and will be used after each essay has been read.
His hat, hair, and head represent whatever attention getter and central/controlling idea statement was used.
On the very top of page one, I have written a Word of Wisdom about voice that has several intentional mistakes in capitalization, usage, punctuation and spelling. W.O.D. stands for Wisdom of the Day, WOW- Wisdom of the Week, and WOM-Wisdom of the Month. I recommend that you have a daily quote you write on the board/document camera image with mistakes that your students can first correct to work on their editing skills. Let them follow that up by writing one or two sentences that explain what the quote/truism means to them on a personal level/perspective.
This will build their confidence when they are asked to include words of wisdom in their writing, like this product rewards your students for doing.
Each arm is a different color to help you change colors when using crayons to color code each reason or example in the body. For each sentence that represents one reason/example, your students will draw one finger for that particular hand. If there are 6 sentences, but only one ending punctuation, you would only draw one finger so that your students would be penalized for not using proper punctuation.
If the students use thoughts, opinions, emotions, high vocabulary, figurative language, or truisms/quotes, you can place tally marks next to the corresponding circle/token/poker chip. After the essay is completely read, you can actually use matching poker chips that will be placed inside the opening of a real potato head on his/her backside.
Some students use their senses, so you would have them draw eyes if the reader gets to see something, one ear for each thing that is heard, a mouth for dialogue, left and write cheeks for opening and closing quotations, and a nose if the reader is given the opportunity to smell something.
This is one of my favorite activities to do with my advanced students! I hope you like it!