Interactive notebook activity where students cut and match SOAPSTone element descriptions before analyzing the text.
The SOAPSTone strategy employs an acronym that helps students analyze a text by identifying the speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, and tone. Emphasis on “tone.” Several graphic organizers exist, and they’re all fine. Teachers need to remember, however, that SOAPSTone is intended to be pre-writing strategy, not the final product. Ultimately, students need to generate some form of analysis including some or all of the SOAPSTone components.
The SOAPSTone strategy is not difficult, but takes practice to build confidence and competence.
1. Introduce the strategy with a cut-and-paste manipulative to be used with a familiar fairy tale or movie.
2. Practice the strategy with a foldable graphic organizer that includes space for a tone analysis paragraph on a selection (preferably a speech) of your choice. (Analysis paragraph template included.)
3. Master the strategy with a more compact, one-page SOAPSTone chart. Follow up with a literary or rhetorical analysis essay.