I’m teaching my students a variety of writing techniques to improve voice in writing. In other words, I’m trying to give them tricks they can use to wow their readers and make their personalities come through their writing. As they do the assignments, I’m doing them too, to give them examples. For one assignment, I had students describe my classroom, using specific details for effect. Here is my example.
Walking into my classroom first thing in the morning is like a breath of fresh air. The chalkboards are clean, the desks are in neat rows, and the carpet has been vacuumed. Butterfly stickers cover the walls, seeming to hover in the air as a reminder of springtime. At the end of the day, when there are scraps of paper on the floor, broken pencils on the desks, and forgotten books under the chairs, I feel disheveled. Things are less organized, more confused. My eye is drawn not to the colorful butterflies on the walls, but to the mess atop the cabinets and the clutter on my tables. I take a deep breath and sigh, knowing that in the morning, it will feel clean and new again.