Tone vs. Mood

Tone vs. Mood
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This single-sided handout provides students with an explanation of how tone differs from mood with ideas of what to look for in a text and an explanation of each based on To Kill a Mockingbird. Even if your students have not read this book, this resource is still useful as enough context is provided to understand the concepts. It also discusses how tone (the author's attitude) can be distinguished from tone of voice (the emotional feelings in the moment when a character or person is speaking).

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Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
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