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Stage Directions Tone/Mood

Takes students through a presentation designed to help identify tone and mood.

Karen Synnett

on 28 January 2014

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Transcript of Stage Directions Tone/Mood

Alarm clock didn't go off
Kids missed the bus.
Zeus ate my lesson plan.
What mood are you in?
Just like an author uses word choice and vivid imagery to set tone and mood, movie makers use dialogue, editing, music and lighting to establish a certain tone within their films.
Authors use word choice and vivid imagery to set the tone and mood in literature.
Tone is the author's
toward the subject or audience.
Mood is the emotional effect the audience feels.
Watch your tone young man!!!
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary......"
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
The author's tone or attitude can give clues to help determine literary themes
The tone can be positive, negative or neutral.
Some pieces of literature make you feel scared.....
...or sad
Writers use many devices to create tone and mood including STAGE DIRECTIONS and DIALOGUE to control the imagery, setting and plot.
Think of moods as emotions
Just like your tone
can influence
someone else's mood...
...the author's tone has a great
influence on the mood.
Just like artists use color to set tone playwrights and movie makers use dialogue, stage directions, editing, music and lighting to establish a certain tone within their plays and films.
Positive Negative Neutral
“Ring Out, Wild Bells” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

1. The word that best describes the tone of this poem is:
a. inspired
b. frustrated
c. refreshing
d. anxious

2. The word that best describes the mood of this poem is:
a. cleansing
b. sorrowful
c. cautious
d. surprising
Analysis of Tone in Art
In speaking, we know that what we say may not be as important as how we say it.
Writers must rely upon words to set the tone
and mood in literature.
The Raven by Edgar Alan Poe
Partner work
Exit Ticket
Red- What don't you understand?

Yellow- What questions do you have?

Green- One thing that you learned today.
Performance of a Play

Stage Directions
Playwright describes setting and actions

Plays are meant to be performed. A play comes to life in each unique performance.

Audience experiences the story through the actors’ speech and actions

Actors, directors, and designers interpret these directions creatively

Mary (says in a worried voice):
Can I make it on my own?

[Mary takes off her jacket and faces the audience.]

The Characters

building on the playwright’s stage directions for actions and movements

The actors and director bring characters to life by

deciding how to interpret and speak the lines of the play


Is this more likely to be a comedy or a tragedy? Why?

What are the stage directions in this passage?
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