Write Like a Professional, Mentor Sentences to Improve Writing Voice & Skills

Laura Randazzo
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Laura Randazzo


In this "Write Like a Pro" lesson, you'll use the styles of beloved young adult literature authors (J.K. Rowling, John Green, and more!) to teach your students six simple and effective techniques that will IMMEDIATELY improve their sentence flow and writing voice.

This 28-slide Prezi presentation and 2-page student handout (PDF with 2-page answer key) will introduce your students to easy-to-use and highly effective techniques to improve their effectiveness on the page.

Six skills are taught, including:

• Participles

• Absolutes

• Appositives

• Adjectives shifted out of order

• Vivid verbs

• Similes and Metaphors

For each topic, examples are included with before and after revisions. Each topic also includes a sample of the technique being used by a famous professional writer. From Ernest Hemingway to John Steinbeck to Stephen King (and, yes, I even threw in a Pat Benatar lyric – I couldn’t help myself), the short, beautifully crafted passages are sure to entertain and inspire your students.

After the 30-minute lecture, helps solidify the writing techniques in students' minds by practicing each skill as they examine and mimic a wide variety of authors' works. Finally, have your students apply the techniques to their own (and peer) writings. Instant improvement!

Please note that this product is also sold as part of my larger short story unit, which you can see by clicking HERE. No need to purchase from this page if you've already bought the larger unit.

Also, this item is included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Cover image credit: Pixabay, Public domain

Total Pages
28 Prezi slides; 4-page PDF
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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