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Tone and Mood 3rd Term

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Ms. Engelhardt

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Transcript of Tone and Mood 3rd Term

Tone and Mood
with Style
Now let's try it with text.
More with Poetry
Get out whiteboards and markers -
we will Write Pair Share
Describe the tone of this author?
a. heartbroken
b. relaxed
c. resentful
d. sympathetic
Where Can They Stay
A Gift in his Shoes
Sentence Structure
also important to style.
organizational structure

of the text is part of an author's style.
To understand Tone and Mood,
you need to first take a look
at the author's style.

Donovan and Larry were early for baseball practice.
They decided to run up and down the bleachers to exercise before the rest of the team arrived. Larry was first to the top. He whispered to Donovan, "Look over there." He pointed to a man sleeping on the highest, narrow bench of the bleachers. His pants and shirt were faded, worn, and too large for his thin frame. One big toe stuck out of a huge hole in his sock. His scraped -up shoes sat a few feet away. Donovan whispered, "We should help him out. Let's hide something good in his shoes. Then, when he wakes up he will have a nice surprise."
About three million people have to look for a place to sleep at night. Some homeless people have jobs but do not earn nearly enough money for both food and shelter.
Some become homeless because they have an unfortunate accident or lose their job. They do not have any back-up resources to make it through the hard times. The homeless face terrible problems. Many become victims of violence. Serious health problems may begin because they are exposed to bad weather and unclean conditions. Homeless children may miss the chance to go to school. Worst of all, some cities pass laws that make it even harder on the homeless.
I live in a large city and have come into contact with a ton of homeless people. One day last winter I was leaving work and this homeless guy stopped me on the street. Now I am used to this sort of thing, but this particular guy really got my goat. He reeked of alcohol and urine. His clothes were all dirty and threadbare. He looked like he had just climbed out of a garbage dump. There was this other homeless guy next to us who was apparently holding a conversation with the invisible man in the sky. As I stood there watching these two so called men, several people walked by and actually dropped money into their hats! I bet these two guys made more money than I did that day. And I work for a living! These people choose to live this way and people should stop
giving them money. It's time they
go get jobs!
You just read three small passages about homelessness.
Each one is written from a different view point. How
does the viewpoint affect the tone in each passage?
All but blind
In his cambered hole
Gropes for worms
The four-clawed Mole.

All but blind
In the evening sky
The hooded Bat
Twirls softly by.

All but blind
In the burning day
The Barn-Owl blunders
On her way.

And blind as are
These three to me,
So blind to someone
I must be.
Which words best describes the TONE of this poem?

a. inspired and uplifting
b. reflective and serious
c. sympathetic and sorrowful
d. anxious and nervous
Which words best describes the MOOD of this poem?

a. joy and elation
b. regret and sorrow
c. frustrated and angry
d. relaxed and content
Tell me in your own words what you think the theme (
central meaning or lesson learned by the protagonist
) of this poem is.
All But Blind
Walter de la Mare
Tell me in you own words what the
theme (central idea or lesson learned
by the protagonist) of the poem is.
What MOOD did this poem create for you?
a. joy and elation
b. optimism and happiness
c. pessimism and depression
d. realistic and reflective
What TONE did the author create in this poem?
a. cheerful
b. humble
c. angry
d. suspicious
How would you describe the the tone
of this author?

a. angry
b. detached
c. sympathetic
How would you describe the tone of this author?

a. neutral
b. unsatisfied and discontent
c. resigned and conciliatory
What in the author's style helped you determine the mood?
City Living
First Person (I, me, my)
Third Person Limited
(he, she, it)
Author "gets in the head" of only
Third Person Omniscient
(he, she, it, they)
Told by a narrator who gets into the head of
the characters
One component of author's style is
point of view
I went to the store today. When I was in the cereal aisle, I
bumped into an old friend who complimented me on my outfit.
"He could tell from the expression on her face that what he had said upset her. If only he knew, though, what she was really thinking."
She refused to look at Jamie again and instead stared at the statue. "Come on!" exclaimed Jamie impatiently. "It's time to go. " Sara ignored Jamie and continued to gaze upon the statue wishing she too could be so still and at peace.


*high level vocabulary
*business like
*very structured
Dear Sir,
After examining your job description, I feel I am an excellent candidate. I have many years of experience performing these specific duties. My resume is attached. Please read it over at your convenience and contact me if you have questions.
Joe Smith

*low level vocabulary
*typically narrative
*usually personal
Hey, Sara!

What's going on tonight?
Call me before you guys
leave, okay?
Short Sentences
Longer Sentences
Generally allows the narrator to talk descriptively and create an image in the reader's mind.
Generally creates quick, effective, and
memorable events in reader's
I tiptoed up the stairs. The noise stopped. I continued quietly.
I could taste the warm, velvety
sweetness of chocolate morsels
melting on my tongue.
Now let's take a look at

And then there's


What mood did you experience as you were reading this passage?

a. threatened
b. heartbroken
c. heartwarming
Second Person Point of View
(you, yours)
In second person, you are usually talking
directly to someone.
You need to stay home and clean your
room. I will be back in a little bit. First
you need to pick up your room. Then
be sure to vacuum under your bed.
It's a strategy author's use when they want to emphasize a point.
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody too?
Then there's a pair of us-don't tell
They'd banish us you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog.
To tell your name livelong day
To an admiring bog!
Emily Dickinson
The author may also use one
of the following
text structures.
Types of Sentences
even impact style.
Simple sentences: Also known as independent clauses. EX: Joe and Dan played football.

Compound Sentences: Two independent clauses joined together by a conjunction. EX: Joe and Dan played football, but Sarah and Becky decorated cookies.

Complex Sentences: One independent and one dependent clause. EX: After eating all the cookies, Joe and Dan took a nap.
Fan N Pick - which team can get finished first?!
The extreme sentence:

Use disunion, anecdote and irrevocable in a sentence.

Now, let's review your homework over figurative language!
R4 LT 6: I can explain how diction contributes to the creation of tone and mood.
Flashback - Ah-ha! Sentences:

1. Use disaster and agraphia in a sentence.
Use incredible and imprudent in a sentence.
What is diction?

Diction is the distinctive tone of an author’s writings. Diction is not just a writer's choice of words: it can include the mood, attitude, dialect and style of writing.
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