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Setting, Mood, & Tone

Brief overview on these three topics.
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Daniel Ghann

on 26 March 2013

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Transcript of Setting, Mood, & Tone

Setting, Mood, & Tone What's the connection? Mood Tone What is tone? Why should I care? POP QUIZ BONUS QUESTION Why should I care POP QUIZ What is the mood? What is the setting? POP QUIZ Why should I care? Setting The setting is the time, place, and circumstances in which the story takes place. The setting makes the story realistic or otherwise interesting. It helps you to predict the characters actions and creates irony when characters do not behave as expected. In other words, if you don't get the setting, you won't get the story! What is the setting?
Why is the setting important? The mood or atmosphere of a story is how it feels to the reader. Spooky, dreary, cheerful, and playful are just a few examples. A story can change moods just like a person! Sometimes a scary story starts off happy, just to create irony or misdirection. The mood of the story can be an effective indicator of what kinds of plot events will take place in a story. The mood helps you to make predictions and get invested in the story. Remember the author can also try to fool you with the mood. What is mood?
Why purpose does a story's mood serve a reader? How might the setting of a story create the mood? Tone is the author's attitude toward the subject. The author's attitude can be seen through their diction, or word choice. Depending on your attitude toward this lesson, you would choose specific words to describe its content or its presenter.

Examples of tone include angry, serious, playful, hopeless, optimistic, and sarcastic. The author's tone can help you determine whether or not the author's opinion is dependable or exaggerated. When someone is mad at a teacher, that may not be the best time to ask about the homework assignment! What is tone?
What purpose does tone serve for a reader?
What is the difference between tone and mood? Mr. Ghann Focus Standards:
ELACC6RL3
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution. Focus Standard:
ELACC7RL3
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how settings shape the characters or plot). The setting is the time, place, and circumstances in which the story takes place. The setting helps to develop the characters and to move the plot. The setting can create the mood with certain weather conditions, colors, or circumstances. Mood is the feelings created in the reader by sensory details or circumstances in the story.
The mood helps us make predictions about the plot. Tone is the author's attitude toward the subject.
Tone helps us understand the author's intentions and feelings about the subject.
Tone describes the author, while mood describes the setting or atmosphere of the story.
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