When it comes to teaching tone (see Reading and Lit standard 4) - my students STRUGGLE.
This year, I created a graphic organizer to help them understand the concept by breaking it down a different way - instead of simply identifying it, they will compare two different tones.
I know you might think that comparing it will be harder, but I have found that my students do better when they have two opposite exemplars. Example: "The Cat in the Hat is excited to play, the kids are worried." This helps my kids to look at the attitude that each character has toward the plot event.
This worksheet begins with a brief example of comparing tones that all students can relate to: two different tones about the same class (one student is enthusiastic, one is annoyed). Then, it explains how authors apply that concept to writing. Finally, the worksheet gives them instructions on choosing a plot event, comparing two characters' attitudes toward the event and supporting with textual evidence.
In the end, the students need to justify which tone THEY would most likely have if they were in the same situation.
This worksheet is ready to use for any text that has multiple characters.
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