When I first explored authorial diction with my students, they seemed to latch onto "high" and "low" as buzzwords without really understanding how diction helps us understand an author's purpose and attitude, and without the ability to go beyond these limited ideas. So I developed this cheat sheet to scaffold students towards a more nuanced appreciation and expression of authorial diction (and the related concepts of mood and tone).
The handout contains three sections:
(1) A chart of more specific, engaging terms to describe an author's general level of diction.
(2) A list of additional words to use to describe an author's diction in general (e.g., abstract vs. concrete).
(3) A chart with almost 300 words that can be used to identify mood and tone (with guiding sentences to help students differentiate the two). This chart is not only great for teaching mood and tone, but is also a great vocabulary resource!
I hope you find this resource helpful! Hit me up with any questions.
Copyright: Please feel free to copy and adapt my resources for use in your individual classroom. Contact me if you would like me to provide you with an editable version.