Tone: Voice of the Speaker

Tone and mood are easy to use interchangeably—and yet they are very different elements of literature. Help middle schoolers discern between the way a speaker feels about his or her subject and the way the audience is meant to feel with a helpful presentation, which features definitions, examples, and practice slides.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide your class into groups to work on the practice slides together
  • Assign the presentation for homework during a flipped classroom activity
  • Prompt individuals to write their own passage that reflects a specific tone for peers to analyze
Classroom Considerations
  • Most of the text examples are intended for advanced readers
Pros
  • Clarifies the difference between a nuanced concept
  • Short length makes the presentation versatile for any part of the lesson
Cons
  • None