Tone: DIDLS Activity

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Tone is everything!!!! If a student misinterprets the tone in a piece of writing, then they will likely misinterpret the entire meaning of the piece. The is a short activity meant to introduce your students to the concepts and ideas behind recognizing tone. How does a writer feel about a particular piece of their work? What is their purpose? What do they want you to feel in response to their words? All of these questions and more are relevant to tone...

Yes, here is another acronym! Those pesky things, but once again I must say DIDLS is a great way to get your students considering tone. It can be applied to fiction or non-fiction, and all kids benefit from its organization. This is typically an AP strategy, but I think that's a bunch of hooie... I use it for all of my students; it takes a little longer with some classes versus others, but asking your students to contemplate these types of questions about their reading only enhances their criticial thinking and life skills. Use it however is best for you :)

Now with this particular activity, it presupposes that your students have had some exposure already to the concepts of diction, style, and syntax. If they have not, I would not recommend this until they have. Diction, images, details, language, and syntax are what this activity will ask the students to focus on... From their close reading and analysis, they will then try to determine what the tone is for certain excerpts based on their work.

If you have any questions or observations, please feel free to contact me :)
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