Teaching Tone and Mood

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Tone and Mood are not synonymous! Introduce young readers to these literary devices with a series of exercises that not only point out the significant differences between the terms but also shows them how to identify both the tone and mood of a piece of writing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask class members to bring in comic strips, newspaper articles, passages from novels, or clips from TV programs that they believe demonstrate a certain tone or mood
  • Model the process by projecting and reading aloud the first two paragraphs of Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher"
Classroom Considerations

  • Instructors must select and prepare the four movie clips that clearly reveal both tone and mood
  • Requires additional prep time to find images of faces with different facial expressions and to make individual copies of the four worksheets
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  • Definitions and examples clearly distinguish between tone and mood
  • Includes a list of feeling words, as well as lists of adjectives that describe tone and mood

  • No answer key is included
  • Does not included suggestions for movie clips
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