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Tone and Mood

students learn about tone and mood. How authors use mood to develop meaning and how to make reading more interesting by understanding mood.
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Adam Griffin

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Tone and Mood

tone and mood as you watch this video...
is the mood and tone different than what you expected
based soley
off reading it? I need two volunteers.
We are going to read a script.
One of you will read the part of Chris.
One of you will read the part of Brother.
The script has very few punctuation
marks so you'll have to do your best
to guess at the intended mood and tone
of the piece. Chris: Morning Brother
Brother: Hello brother
C: I made a pot of kool aid
B: You don’t make a pot of kool aid
C: Well I did
B: Is it hot?
C: Maybe, maybe not
B: It’s hot isn’t it
C: Yep
B: Hot Kool aid?
C: I can put some ice in it if you like
B: No, I’m not thirsty
C: Brother
B: I’m not going to drink it
C: I made this for you
B: No
C: Drink it
B. No C: I want you to drink this
B: I’m not drinking it
C: Drink this right now or I’ll pour it on the floor and I’ll blame it on you
B: Oh yeah, real mature
C: I made this for you
B: Now why don’t you grow up
C: I did it because I love you
B: Well I’m not gonna drink it
C: I hate you
B: That’s all I ever hear anymore. Brother try this, brother try that. Remember that cinnamon toast and mayonnaise?
C: That was a good idea
B: You didn’t make a single pound
C: I made a pound of cinnamon toast with mayonnaise B: And don’t forget Rocky Road and Tabasco right? What was that three hospitalized? Yeah. Three women hospitalized.
C: You drink this right now
B: Drink your own hot kool aid
C: There’s so much left of it. What am I gonna do with all this hot kool aid?
B: Drink it
C: No
B: Yes
C: No. Brother?
B: Yes?
C: Please drink my hot kool aid
B: Ok
C: Ok
B: That’s pretty good. Yeah, I like that. It's definitely a silly script.
Do you think we gave it the
intended inflection?

Let's watch a video of the
two original actors playing
out this scene.
See if the mood and tone
OUR actors gave the script
match the mood and tone
that the author intended as
displayed in his video. When you are reading literature the author will set a tone or mood
for you by conveying an emotion through certain words and punctuation.

Identifying the tone and mood helps you identify the meaning of the writing.

If you miss the mood, the literature will not only be much more dull and boring
to you, but you will likely miss the theme that the author is trying to convey.

Perhaps if our script incorporated more exclamation marks or words in ALL CAPS
you would have known our characters were screaming mad. Or perhaps we could have
included some descriptions within the dialogue of how the actors were behaving
and what their facial expressions were. Adjectives to describe characters emotions
and reactions help us discover the authors tone and therefore the author's intentions. This next video will show us some examples
of words than can give you clues as to the
tone and mood of the literature you are reading.
Recognizing these words will help you both get
a better mental picture of what you're reading
and a better understanding of the story's theme. Mood is the atmosphere created by the setting, and actions of people and characters in it.
It also relates to how the reader emotionally responds to these elements like sadness for a tragedy.
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