As I began discussing author's tone and mood last week with my students I realized how intrigued they were to learn that an author could manipulate their readers by simply using the right words. After explaining to my students that a good writer looks at a completed novel or essay the same way as Van Gogh looked at one of his completed paintings, they really began to see the importance of becoming a good writer and appreciate writing as an art and not just a form of communication. Authors are simply artists that express their attitudes and emotions by choosing the perfect words.
Tone is the author’s attitude toward the writing (his characters, the situation) and the readers. A work of writing can have more than one tone. An example of tone could be both serious and humorous. Tone is set by the setting, choice of vocabulary and other details.
Mood is the general atmosphere created by the author’s words. It is the feeling the reader gets from reading those words. It may be the same, or it may change from situation to situation.
Use this resource to begin your author's tone and mood studies! I have created an introductory lesson that provides the core knowledge students need to help identify tone and mood, as well as provide an excellent intervention for students who need additional help with this skill. You can purchase this resource at my store below:
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3. Create five categories of author's tones such as angry, resentful, gloomy and etc. Brainstorm movies they've seen or books your students have read that would fit into the five categories.
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