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Tone and Mood

Tone = auThor's aTTiTude toward the subject Mood = how the writing Makes Me (the reader) feel

Jamie Eithun

on 7 May 2015

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Transcript of Tone and Mood

Let's Practice
Tone and Mood
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the aTTiTude the auThor has Toward the subjecT they are wriTing abouT.
the feeling created within
the reader or listener.
Author's use word choice to set
the tone.
Mood is partly determined by the thoughts,
feelings, and experiences of the reader or listener.
While watching the movie clip, determine
what the creators did to set the tone AND
list an adjective or adjectives that describe
the way the clip makes you feel (MOOD).
Underline some of the words that show the speaker's tone.
photo frame
Composers use instruments,
tempo, and volume to set
the tone.
This place does need some repairs, but I’m sure the landlord will be making
improvements sometime soon.
The tone of one sentence can change
with just one word.
"I can't do it," she giggled.
"I can't do it," she sobbed.
"I can't do it," she
"I can't do it," she
"Jacob Steven Isaac
get in here right now!"

Can you hear it?
So, when you are trying to determine the TONE of a piece of writing ... imagine how the author would sound if he or she were reading it to you.
Remember Jacob?
How do you think Jacob's
MOOD (how he feels) is
influenced by his mom's tone?
The Hunger Games excerpt
from Ch. 1, pg. 3:
The author, Suzanne Collins,
sets a tone showing that Katniss
couldn't care less about
animals even when they are pets.

a tone of indifference.
Some readers will connect with
Katniss disliking cats, but
others will certainly be a bit
outraged by the fact that Katniss
tried to drown Buttercup in a bucket.
The MOOD is
some and
for others.
An author's specific purposes have an impact on the TONE (attitude toward) the topic. In the excerpt from The Hunger Games, it seems like Suzanne Collins may have wanted the reader to get irritated (MOOD), so she wrote with a sneaky TONE.
What did Scar say to
Mufasa just before Mufasa fell?
"Long live the king."
What is the tone Scar uses?
Now watch another clip and determine
how the same phrase is used differently.
Write down the tone and mood you notice.
What mood did you feel
as you watched the clip?
How is this example of "Long live
the king" different than how Scar said it?

The goal of this lesson is for you to understand
the difference between TONE and MOOD and be
able to identify the TONE and MOOD in text and media.
Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought – and several thousand gave their lives.
We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al Qaeda’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71920.html#ixzz1pr1jdXl2
What mood do you feel when President Obama says these things?
Now you write it. Begin to write a story of
a boy or girl on his or her way home
walking alone on a dark night. Use a
suspenseful tone.

and continue your peer's story
with a humorous tone.

and continue your peers' story
with a sad or hopeless tone.
One more time

This time, continue your
peers' story with an angry tone.
When you get your paper back,
underline all the words in the first
section that show a suspenseful tone,
all the words in the second section that
show a humorous tone, and all the
words in the third section that show a
sad tone.
Review: What is the difference
between TONE and MOOD?

Give an example.
Mood is often influenced by the writer's or speaker's tone.
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