Mood and Tone

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"It was a dark and stormy night. Perfect for making Christmas cookies." Distinguishing between the mood of a piece and the tone can be tricky, but with the help of this presentation viewers quickly see and are able to identify the difference between these two literary elements.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Follow the presentation by asking class members to identify the tone of mood in recordings of Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Beret" and "Feeling Like I'm Fixin To Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish
Classroom Considerations
  • The slides are not illustrated and are text heavy; however, the format forces viewers to focus on how the writer's word choices create mood and tone
  • Each practice exercise is followed by a highlighted answer key
  • The words that indicate the mood and/or tone are highlighted in red
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Common Core