Dual Voiced Texts

eelAs part of our Talk for Writing training we have been focusing on non-fiction using the wonderful book Think of an Eel by Karen Wallace and Mike Bostock.  The two voices in this book are very different; one a literary non-fiction with the most poetic language possible and the other a more formal report tone almost as captions.

There is so much to talk about in this book which makes it without question a text that teaches.  When we started to create our non-fiction texts that teach, several of the books were dual-voiced.  The power of this is that it makes it so much easier to introduce children to the idea of different voices when writing.

seahorseI recently came across Seahorse The Shyest Fish in the Sea by Chris Butterworth and John Lawrence which is another dual-voiced text.  The book is beautifully illustrated with what look like prints and just like Think of an Eel tell the story of a life cycle.  I love the way that it refers to the seahorse as Seahorse making it feel personal and the swaying of the more formal report voice to show us the movement of the waves.

This book would make a fantastic guided reading book for level 3 readers (UK National Curriculum) to be used during a unit of work based on Think of an Eel.

Have you used Think of an Eel in literacy?  Let us know how it went. And do you know of any other powerful dual voiced texts?

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