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Finding Voice Helps Elementary Students Express Their Unique, Individual Voice in Writing


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 11, 2016 – Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, announces the publication of Finding Voice: Introductory Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text, a foundational book for elementary students and teachers that addresses close reading of complex text through understanding and practicing the elements of voice. The book is a collection of classroom lessons that cover the tools authors use to shape voice and meaning: diction, detail, imagery, figurative language, and tone.

“Voice is what makes reading interesting. It’s what makes us say, ‘I’ll bet that book is by J. K. Rowling or Lemony Snicket.’ Voice gives color and texture to writing. It is the expression of personality. Voice can be strong and distinctive or reserved and generic, but all writing has voice of some kind. The study of voice helps students appreciate the power of language and teaches them to use the effective techniques that experienced authors use,” said author Nancy Dean.

Dean will host a free webinar, Finding Voice: Introducing the Writer’s Tools, at 2:30 p.m. CST on June 14. The author will discuss how students can use the elements of voice to read more deeply and write more purposefully. Register at

“The value of these short lessons should not be underestimated as they resonate for both challenged and advanced writers. Students will benefit from using these lessons to enhance their writing. Teachers will find useful charts that can be easily incorporated into their work plan. Of most interest, are the examples of student work that validate the power of the elements of voice and how it becomes integral in their writing style over time,” said Marlene Levin, Roosevelt University Reading and Writing Coach.

Previews of the book, including the table of contents, introduction, and sample lesson plans are available at:

Finding Voice: Introductory Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text

By Nancy Dean

ISBN: 978-1-4966-0607-5     e-Book ISBN: 978-1-4966-0610-5

$24.95 paperback                   $19.95 e-Book

192 pages

Pub Date: May 2016

About the Author

Nancy Dean, professor emerita at the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida, is an experienced teacher, literacy coach, and curriculum specialist. Committed to school improvement and meaningful professional development, Nancy has worked extensively with teachers and school leaders in both urban and rural schools throughout the United States. She is the Associate Director for Professional Learning at the National Literacy Project and a national consultant in secondary literacy and literacy leadership. Nancy is a co-author of several books on adolescent literacy and the author of Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone and Discovering Voice: Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text.

About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading. Professional development offerings are published under the Maupin House imprint. For more information, visit