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Tone Lesson

Examples
by

Amy E. Counts

on 19 August 2016

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Transcript of Tone Lesson

THE SHINING
Amish Paradise
Gangsta's Paradise
TONE
What is the speaker's attitude?
1. What is the passage’s
subject
, and who is its
audience
?
4. If the narrator or speaker were
speaking aloud
, what
tone of voice
would he or she
be using?
Extension: Does the narrator or speaker make any
jokes
? If so, are these jokes lighthearted, bitter, or something else?
3. What general feeling do the passage’s
images
create?
2. What would you say are the most
important words
in the passage? What
connotations
, or associations, do these words have?
Questions
to Ask Yourself

“And the trees all died. They were orange trees. I don’t know why they died, they just died. Something wrong with the soil possibly or maybe the stuff we got from the nursery wasn’t the best. We complained about it. So we’ve got thirty kids there, each kid had his or her own little tree to plant and we’ve got these thirty dead trees. All these kids looking at these little brown sticks, it was depressing.”
Tone:
the writer's attitude toward the material and/or readers.
Interpretation:
the author's feelings about the topic he or she is writing and/or the audience
Try it Out:
Music?
Images?
Dialogue?
Tone?
Prove it!
How is the tone changed?
Music?
Images?
Dialogue?
Tone?
Prove it!
“The School” by Donald Barthelme
“The School” by Donald Barthelme

“And the trees all died. They were orange trees. I don’t know why they died, they just died. Something wrong with the soil possibly or maybe the stuff we got from the nursery wasn’t the best. We complained about it. So we’ve got thirty kids there, each kid had his or her own little tree to plant and we’ve got these thirty dead trees. All these kids looking at these little brown sticks, it was depressing.”
Subject:
dead trees
Key Words:
died, complained, dead, depressing
Images:

Spoken Aloud:

Practice
What do you think?
Break it down -
Extension:
Punctuation
and
Sentence structure (syntax)
.
Lots of exclamation points? or none?
Short or long sentences?
“The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?”
"Speech to the Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry
Subject?
Key Words?
Images?
Spoken Aloud?
Punctuation?


Connotations?
“The School” by Donald Barthelme

“And the trees all lived. They were green trees. I don’t know why they lived, they just did. Something was right with the soil possibly or maybe the stuff we got from the nursery was the best. We praised about it. So we’ve got thirty kids there, each kid had his or her own little tree to plant and we’ve got these thirty green trees. All these kids looking at these little trees, it was beautiful.”
Subject:
live trees
Key Words:
green, praised, beautiful
Images:

Spoken Aloud:

Changing Tone -
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