This is a collection of handouts and instructions for five class activities designed to teach students to define and identify tone and mood in art.
The first three activities are included in a two-page handout for you to duplicate and hand out. These first three activities define toneÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½its meaning, and its universal part of speechÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½and ask students to identify tone in peopleÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s personalities, in films and movies, and in music.
The fourth activity is an instructor-driven group activity in which groups are given tone words and asked to use them in a short writing assignmentÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½and then to have other students attempt to identify the tone each group used. This becomes a fun class-wide discussion.
The final activity integrates the instructorÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s musical selections into an analysis of Tone vs. Mood. The handout is a template for the instructor to insert his or her own song selections. Again, both tone and mood are defined on a handout and the teacher decides which songs the class will analyze. This can be an individual or group activity.
These five activities can be compressed into three consecutive days or spread out over a much longer period. Either way, these activities have been very effective in my class at teaching students what tends to be a couple of slippery concepts: tone and mood.
All handouts here are formatted as Word documents, so you are free to make changes as they suit your needs.