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Author's Purpose- Mood and Tone

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Transcript of Author's Purpose- Mood and Tone

Practice! Identify the mood and tone.
Author's Perspective
Mood and Tone
Mustang Minute 12/16/14
TONE
TONE is the author’s attitude toward the subject.
You can recognize the tone/attitude by the word choices the author uses.
His language will reveal his perspective/opinion (that is, whether it is positive/negative) about the subject.
Tone must be inferred through the use of descriptive words.
Mood
MOOD is the overall feelings or emotions that are created
IN THE READER.

It is the atmosphere created by the
setting
,
word choice
, and the
actions
of the characters.
How did this paragraph, this passage, this story make the character or
make you feel
?
What feelings do you get when you look at this picture?
Writing with POV and Perspective
Now, write the introduction to a story that would have this setting displayed in the picture.

-Write using third person

-Establish a character or characters

-Remember to convey the mood through word choice

-Don't come out and say it was lonely, fearful, or scary
Switch It Up
Take your same story and now write it from 1st Person. Make the character a little biases towards something. Are they arrogant, cowardly, unaware?
Imagine your best friend just told someone else a secret that you told him/her. How would you feel? What mood would you now be in? Explain. Write at least 1/2 page and use at least 5 adjectives.
The girls were playing in the pond, splashing each other and trying to catch fish with their hands. They were having fun, but kept looking over their shoulders at the looming forest. The long grass of the field kept moving and they sort of felt like they were being watched… About a half hour passed and still the girls kept checking the field for movements. It seemed like a pair of dark eyes was on them. They even considered going back inside, but that would mean homework time. So they continued splashing, but with caution now. Their eyes hardly left the field.

Tone Example #1
The tone of this passage is ominous, suggesting a little bit of fear or foreboding. Words like "caution, dark, and looming“ lead readers to the tone.
*Ominous: giving the impression that something bad is going to happen.
Melissa and I played in the pond, splashing each other and trying to catch fish with our hands. We were having fun, but I kept looking over my shoulders at the looming forest. The long grass of the field kept moving and I felt like we were being watched…About a half hour passed and I kept checking the field for movements. It seemed like a pair of dark eyes was on me. Melissa didn't notice though. She continued to laugh and splash about. I considered telling her about my worry, but I didn't want to appear cowardly. We continued splashing, but me with caution now. My eyes hardly left the field.


Tone Example #2
The tone of this passage is worrisome and embarrassed. We can't fully trust the narrator or we can't trust Melissa. The narrator doesn't trust herself or Melissa.
During the holidays, my mother's house glittered with decorations and hummed with preparations. We ate cookies and drank cider while we helped her wrap bright packages and trim the tree. We felt warm and excited, listening to Christmas carols and even singing along sometimes. We would tease each other about our terrible voices and then sing even louder.
Mood Example #1
Mood: Content, happy. How do we know? Words like "warm, excited, glittered” are used by the author.

After New Year's the time came to put all the decorations away and settle in for the long, cold winter. The house seemed to sigh as we boxed up its finery. The tree was dry and brittle, and now waited forlornly by the side of the road to be picked up.
Mood: Dreary, depressed. How do we know? "cold, sigh, brittle, forlornly"
Mood Example #2
lonely scared fearful
As we watch these videos, make notes about what makes them different. How do they make the same exact film clips seem so different?
Brother 1: Morning, brother

Brother 2: Hello, brother

Brother 1: I made a pot of Kool Aid.

Brother 2: You don't make a pot of Kool Aid.

Brother 1: Well, I did.

Brother 2: Is it hot?

Brother 1: Maybe, maybe not.

Brother 2: It's hot, isn't it?

Brother 1: Yeah, but...

Brother 2: Hot Kool Aid?

Brother 1: I could put some ice in it if you like.

Brother 2: Oh, no, I'm not thirsty.
I need two volunteers. One of you will be brother 1, and one of you will be brother 2. I need you to read this script the very best that you can. If you recognize this script, DO NOT SAY ANYTHING, please.
Brother 1: Brother.

Brother 2: I'm not gonna drink it.

Brother 1: I made this for you.

Brother 2: No.

Brother 1: Drink it.

Brother 2: No.

Brother 1: I want you to drink this.

Brother 2: I'm not drinking it.

Brother 1: Drink this right now or I'll pour it on the floor and I'll blame it on you.

Brother 2: Oh yeah, real mature.

Brother 1: I made this for you.

Brother 2: Now why don't you grow up.

Brother 1: I did because I love you.

Brother 2: Well I'm not gonna drink it.

Brother 1: I hate you.
Brother 2: That's all I ever hear anymore. Brother try this, brother try that. Remember that - what was it - cinnamon toast and uh... what was it?

Brother 1: Mayonnaise.

Brother 2: Mayonnaise

Brother 1: It was a good idea.

Brother 2: You didn't make a single pound.

Brother 1: I made a pound of cinnamon toast with mayonnaise.

Brother 2: Oh and don't forget, rocky road with Tabasco, right? Yeah, what was that, three hospitalized? Yeah, three women, hospitalized.

Brother 1: You drink this right now

Brother 2: Drink your own hot Kool Aid.

Brother 1: There's so much left of it, what am I going to do with all this hot Kool Aid?

Brother 2: Drink it.

Brother 1: No.

Brother 2: Yes.

Brother 1: No.
Brother 2: Ok.

Brother 1: Ok

Brother 2: Alright.

Brother 2: Yeah, that's pretty good Yeah I like that
Now let's watch and see if our actors gave it the intended feeling. Make notes about how it is similar and different.
Identifying the mood and tone is important, because if you miss it you are missing a lot of the meaning behind the text. Authors use all kinds of tools to help give their readers hints about what the mood and tone should be, but it is up to the reader to do the detective work.
To establish the mood, narrators have to use certain word choice depending on the POV. What an author can say using 3rd person is different than 1st person.
Practice! Identify the mood and tone.
What is the POV of the text?
Who is narrating this story?
Is the author of the story bias in any way? Indifferent?
Author's Perspective
The author is not a character in the story. The author feels absent; therefore the author is merely delivering the story and not making any judgement.
What is the POV of the text?
Who is narrating this story?
Is the author of the story bias in any way? Indifferent?
3rd Person Example: Jealous
A crisp crack sounded as Smith swung his bat. He circled the bases with the speed of a cheetah. The fans went wild. His teammates went wild. Jacobs sat at the far end of the dugout by the water cooler. His eyes squinting at the floor.
"Isn't it great?" Mack yelled. Jacobs didn't move.
1st Person Example: Jealous
A crisp crack sounded as Smith swung his bat. He circled the bases. The fans cheered. Our teammates went wild. I sat at the far end of the dugout by the water cooler trying to ignore the celebration.
"Isn't it great?" Mack yelled. Mack could be so annoying at times. He didn't realize that was supposed to be my hit, my home run.
Who is the narrator?
How do they influence the tone or the mood?
What POV are they speaking in?
Who is the narrator?
How do they influence the tone or the mood?
What POV are they speaking in?
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