Purpose and Tone

A powerful image or well-placed comment always has intention behind it. Guide young readers through author's purpose and tone with a language arts video that explains why word choice is key in writing clearly and coherently.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have your class list additional examples of irony, including sarcastic comments
  • Encourage young writers to draft scripts of situations where the audience understands something that the characters do not
  • Assign the video for homework or a computer lab viewing for a flipped classroom activity
Classroom Considerations

  • The first image in the video is of American soldiers in flag-draped coffins, which could be disturbing to some members in your class, especially because it is not relevant to the concepts in the video

  • Provides straightforward examples of tone and author's purpose, which are two concepts that are sometimes difficult to explain
  • Short length makes it a versatile addition to a reading or writing unit

  • Video is not very engaging