The ULTIMATE Tone List: Tone Words by Concept and Connotation Student Reference

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6th - 12th, Homeschool
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This extensive Ultimate Tone List will give your students a bank of sophisticated words to use in their analysis of complex texts. Two versions provide you options for differentiation and flexibility if you move levels. In Version #1, words are grouped by connotation (positive, negative, neutral) and categorized by common concepts (joy, anger, etc.). In Version #2, words are grouped by more nuanced concept (reverence, humility, etc.).

As an English teacher, tone is central to what I teach students. Here’s how I use the Ultimate Tone List 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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Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.

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