Understanding Mood and Tone in Text Mood oDefinition: The feeling or atmosphere of a story Mood
o Where do you look to understand the mood? Setting Authors word choice Mood o Think of how these different settings evoke different feelings:
Haunted house Tropical beach Amusement park Lawyers office
Battlefield Mood o Authors use specific words for a reason! I ts not random! Look at this excerpt from Tears of Autumn by Yoshiko Uchida Hana Omiya stood at the railing of the small
ship that shuddered toward America in a turbulent November sea. She shivered as she pulled the folds of her silk kimono close to her throat and tightened the wool shawl around her shoulders. Mood Shuddered Turbulent
Shivered pulled the folds of her silk kimono close to her throat When do you shudder? What does
turbulence feel like? When do you shiver? Why would you do this? Mood o SO, whats the mood the author is
trying to convey with these words? Tone o The tone of a work is the authors attitude toward his or her subject or the audience o You have to infer what the authors attitude is by reading between the
lines. Tone o Tone can be described in a single word. o Examples: formal, informal, serious, mysterious, humorous, annoyed, etc.
Tone o Read the poem Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed and determine the tone. Mood vs. Tone How are mood and tone different? Mood is how the reader feels; tone is the feeling the author expresses
How are mood and tone similar? Both are found in the authors word choice. Lets give it a try! o Textbooks: page 68 Grandma Ling by Amy Ling
o Using evidence from the poem, describe the mood the poem Grandma Ling expresses. Lets practice again o Page 72, The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson by Leo Tolstoy
o Using evidence from the poem, describe the mood the vignette The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson expresses. Comparing Tone o Do Grandma Ling and The Old
Grandfather and His Little Grandson share the same tone? o Explain how the tone of these two texts are different.
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