Tone and Mood

The ability to identify and describe the tone and mood of any work, be it art, literature, or film is an important critical thinking skill. And it can be taught. This resource uses film trailers to model for viewers how to examine discrete elements to determine the tone of a work.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask viewers to identify specific elements of the videos, like camera angles, music, etc. that establish the mood of the trailers
  • Play the recording of or watch the YouTube videos of SSGT Barry Sadler singing the "Ballad of the Green Berets" and compare the tone and mood to Country Joe and the Fish's "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag"

  • The stark contrasts in the provided video clips are sure to generate discussion
  • The list of words that describe tone and mood enable kids to recognize the amazing variety of options

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