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NIFL-ASSESSMENT 2005: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:917] RE: Voice in writing

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I think I would have to see the  two pieces to provide valuable input; 
however, with what you have provided, I  will take a “shot” at it. It appears that 
what we are witnessing here is  difference in structure. The first student has 
chosen a time-ordered piece, a  narrative (in time) as the structuring 
element. The second student provides text  written in a list form, where in the 
order of the items is not anchored to a  time sequential format. Keeping these two 
structures in mind, I would say that  it is more a difference in structure 
than in voice, but keep in mind, I do  believe that voice is a culmination of 
many elements, including but not limited  to structure. It is because of this 
that I am not "sold" on the idea of using  voice as an assessment area.

Shannon Purcell
Adult and Community  Education
Leon County Public School District
Leon County Florida

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