Lesson Plan

Mood and Tone at Owl Creek Bridge: Mood and Tone

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Two versions of movie trailers for the film Mary Poppins launch a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lesson about how mood and tone impact a reader's experience of work. Using the provided list, readers identify the words that create the mood and tone of Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." To demonstrate what they have learned about these literary devices, class members rewrite a passage from the short story, substituting new words that create a different mood and tone for the tale.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include the lesson in a study of stream of conscious writing and a study of the American Civil War
  • Rather than using the Mary Poppins trailers, use a film version of the story to launch the lesson and then have scholars locate the mood and tone words in the story
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection equipment for the movie trailers and copies of the story and worksheets
  • Links are included that provide background information about the learning strategies used in the lesson
  • None
Common Core