Description: This activity goes with a reading unit on mood, tone and style. I use it after introducing the definitions of mood and tone, but before I apply it to literature. The students really enjoy the trailers and they can clearly see how an author can change his style to affect the tone of a piece.
Assign students into pairs.
One person in the pair is assigned the task of defining the words in column one, while the other student completes column two.
After the definitions are complete I have all students who completed column one partner up and check definitions. The students that completed column two also check.
The students then return to their original pairings and teach each other the definitions of the words.
At this point I complete a vocabulary activity so the students work with the words for a little bit. I either have them sort the words into positive and negative feelings or write sentences forcing connections between the words.
After students are familiar with the words they view two different trailers of the movie, Mary Poppins. The first version is carefree and fun, while the second is more ominous. Some students even think they are from two different movies!
The students then choose words from their list to describe each trailer. They also provide an explanation of their choice.
At the end students analyze both trailers and write how they were different in tone. They also discuss the mood each trailer had.
Modifications – For students that struggle or require more time, I did include a list of vocabulary words where every other word of column one is defined. I also included an example on the organizer analyzing the trailer of Mary Poppins for students to view if needed.