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This PowerPoint serves an an introduction to the literary concepts of mood or tone. It defines mood in very concrete, clear terms, and gives several examples of mood, first in art, then in writing.
The lecture is very interactive. Beyond writing notes, students are also asked to sort words that describe mood into three categories: negative, positive, and neutral. A guided practice section follows, as students evaluate and identify the mood of several works of art. They then do the same for ten sentences or short paragraphs.
The PowerPoint is designed with note-taking in mind. Slides that students are expected to copy verbatim have a pencil in the lower right corner.
To really make this lesson fun and interactive, after completing the note-taking and guided practice in this PowerPoint, I like to have students analyze television commercials and assess the mood of the commercials, using the same procedure and bank of mood words that they use in assessing the works of art.
After the presentation and note-taking is finished, I like to check for understanding and provide more guided practice by giving my students the Tone and Mood Worksheets. Together, the PowerPoint lecture and worksheets will require 50 minutes or more of class time. You could give the worksheet as homework if there isn't enough time during class.