Tone, Mood, Theme, and Motif

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It's all well and good when you're asked to identify a speaker's tone using his or her body language, facial expression, and pitch and emphasis. Identifying the tone of a written passage is another challenge entirely. Check out an informative presentation that defines related literary terms like tone, mood, theme, and motif.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign groups a pair of terms (symbol/motif, motif/theme, tone/mood) and ask them to prepare a presentation that clarifies the distinction between the two terms
Classroom Considerations
  • Instructions should be prepared to offer examples from works the class has studied
  • Includes a list of important tone and mood words
  • Examples are clear and succinct
  • Makes a clear distinction between tone and mood
  • None
Common Core