This Tone Words Reference Page will give your students a bank of sophisticated words to use in their analysis of complex texts. Words are grouped by connotation (positive, negative, neutral) and categorized by common concepts (joy, anger, etc.).
As an English teacher, tone is central to what I teach students. Here’s how I use the Tone Words Reference Page in my classroom:
-I print this handout on colored paper for my students to keep.
-The tone word groupings invite discussion about the nuanced meanings of each word.
-Students doing close reading and analysis activities look for (and annotate!) tone shifts, especially between positive and negative tones. The organization of this reference page facilitates their analysis of tone shifts.
-I teach my students to identify tone using the frame “_______ yet/but ______” : identifying multiple tones helps them see complexity in the text and analyze it with greater sophistication.
-Students writing analysis organize their essays chronologically based on the text; their body paragraphs are formed based on analyzing the text before and after tone shifts.
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