This 4-column list provides students with a handy reference of words to use to describe mood or atmosphere in short stories, novels, or poetry. It is categorized into words to describe positive moods and words to describe negative or disturbing moods. While this list is extensive indeed, it can certainly be added to. Providing students with a list of words that have been used to describe mood or atmosphere will start them off, giving them an understanding of mood and hopefully helping them distinguish mood from tone. From there, students can work with the words on the list and continue to add to it.