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Mood and tone can be confusing poetry concepts. That's why it's helpful to have lots of mentor poems to really show students, rather than simply tell them what mood and tone is all about.
Mood is the overall feeling the poem creates for the reader.
Tone is more a reflection of the writer of the poem and their attitude toward the audience.
This is collection of mentor poems is organized by subject. This allows you to show students that poems written about the same subject may contain a very different mood and tone.
The poet's word choice gives the best clues for mood and tone in poems.
Close reading is important to help determine mood and tone.
Poetry subjects included for teaching mood and tone:
Caterpillars & Butterflies
This poetry collection includes strong picture support (which also helps to determine mood and tone).
Enjoy teaching mood and tone to your students with mentor poems!
Lorrie L. Birchall