Because mood is the feeling an author is trying to create in the reader not in the character, it causes confusion for students. By choosing words carefully, the author creates this mood with the setting, characters and events of a story. The exercises and activities in this unit allow students to explore the relationship between word choice and mood.
MOODY BRAINSTORM - student handout
This handout can be used as an independent assignment or as a note sheet for a brainstorming session with the entire class. Alternately, it can be used as a worksheet in a small group activity. Have students choose four of the mood words and write descriptive details that might create this mood.
FEELING WITH ALL OUR SENSES - student handout
Students can use this exercise to explore how the smell, taste, touch, and hearing contribute to the mood of a selection. They will record relevant specific details for their choices from a list of moods. This can be done as an individual or group assignment. It can also be used as an in-class brainstorming activity.
PICTURE THIS - student handout
Two pictures are provided for this exercise, one on each of two pages. Students will select a mood created by the picture and record details from the photograph which contribute to the mood. The teacher can run them back to back or select only one for student use. If both pictures are used, the assignment might lend itself to a brief small group activity. After students have concluded their handouts, responses can be shared with the entire class.
Four additional prewriting or freewriting exercises are provided here. It may be helpful to number all handouts or displays where pictures or posters are used. This would help with identification when reviewing or grading assignments. LITERATURE AND MOOD - student handout
The brief selection from “The Raven” can be read independently but it might be helpful if it is read to the students. Ask them to choose one mood the author is trying to convey. (It might be helpful here to point out no author writes something with the purpose of “turning off” his audience and making them stop reading, hence, “boring” or “stupid”, etc. are not appropriate choices for the mood of this piece.) Have them then record all words or details which might contribute to their selected mood.
Another handy tool in the What's That? series from CK Teaching Aids providing quick lessons on common Literature and Social Studies topics.