This resource contains entertaining brain games and challenging puzzles designed to teach students about author’s tone while simultaneously engaging them in a cognitive workout that will keep students focused--their heads in the game (pun intended). These brain-boosting puzzles were designed to strengthen students’ understanding of author’s tone, increase vocabulary of tone words, offer examples of different tones, and provide strategies with which to analyze author’s tone. Students can work collaboratively or individually to complete the activities.
The brain games and puzzles stimulate and promote learning in the following areas:
Author’s tone, tone words, tone shift, connotation, denotation, advanced vocabulary, rhyme, synonyms, analysis, text evidence, word choice, creative thinking, creative writing, logic, problem solving, spatial reasoning, and attention. These skills are covered in these seven puzzle activities: Two Tone Rhyming Zone, Tone Matrix, Tone Blast, Tone Leads to Mood, Tone Shift Trail, Vex-A-Gon Hexagon, and Tone Up, Tone Down.
Use this resource to supplement what you currently use to teach author’s tone. The seven puzzle activities and brain games will add variety to your lessons or unit. Use the brain games and puzzles as you are teaching author’s tone or as a review any time during the school year. Because each challenging puzzle activity contains background information, it is not essential that you teach author’s tone before using this resource. Students will benefit from working to solve the puzzles even if they have little or no prior knowledge of author’s tone.
You do not have to use the puzzles all at once. They can be spread over the course of a unit on author’s tone or used as an engaging review throughout the year. The puzzles and games can be strategically placed when students need a break from the routine. The puzzles and games could be used as an extension or filler activity for early finishers or as bell ringer activities. A puzzle or two can be assigned when students have a substitute teacher. The activities will keep students engaged.
These puzzles and games, designed to exercise the mind, can be completed just for fun. They are most appropriate for middle school students and high school students. Even adults, who like solving puzzles, will find them challenging and engaging.
Students can be given a grade for accurately completing a puzzle or a completion grade as the puzzles/games are Common Core Standards aligned. An answer key is included for all puzzles and activities. A preview is available.
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