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A Need for Sleep: A Close Reading of a Soliloquy from King Henry IV, Part II
Gentle sleep eludes poor King Henry IV. Uneasy under the weight of his responsibilities, Henry contemplates the darkness of the night and in his soul. To develop their skill reading difficult text, class members engage in a close reading of King Henry's soliloquy from Act III, scene i of King Henry IV, Part II.
11th - 12th Language Arts 25 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Setting the Tone with Figurative Language
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification.
8th Language Arts 303 Views 1806 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Dealing with Grief: A Comparison of Point of View and Tone
Good grief? Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Grief" and Emily Dickinson's "After great pain, a formal feeling comes" are the focus of a series of close reading activities that ask groups to compare the point of view and tone of these two poems on the same subject.
11th - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Designed
6th Grade: Express Yourself, Lesson 2: Close Read
The second lesson plan of a pair about Paul Laurence Dunbar, this plan focuses in particular on his poem, "We Wear the Masks." After a short historical introduction, class members conduct a series or readings, marking up the text and discussing literary elements such as imagery, tone, and personification.
6th Language Arts 67 Views 59 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Tone and Mood
How are mood and tone similar? Different? Help your readers understand the difference between the two with this helpful guide. On the first page, they read the definition for both tone and mood and identify words that are describe each. On the second page, they put their knowledge to work on seven examples.
8th - 12th Language Arts 145 Views 251 Downloads
Putting It All Together: From Awareness of Mood to Analysis of Tone
Stephen Vincent Benet’s, “By the Waters of Babylon,” offers learners a chance to examine the difference between mood and tone. After a close reading of an excerpt from the short story, the class lists the diction and imagery that builds the sense of foreboding.
6th - 10th Language Arts 214 Views 411 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Sound, Tone, and Rhythm
Focus on the musicality of poetry by reading out loud or playing a recording of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" and "The City and the Sea." Discuss the tone, rhythm, and sounds of the poems before launching into a written analysis of the mood and devices in "The Bells.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Take my Advice": Poems with a Voice
Discuss the meaning of the phrase tone of voice with the class. They respond to a variety of scenarios where a particular tone would be prevalent. They then read "Mother to Son" without knowing the title and answer some questions about the poem's tone and voice.
5th - 12th Language Arts 42 Views 409 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Tone and Mood
What's the difference between tone and mood? Clear up the confusion with an excellent reference sheet and activity. Middle school writers interpret two lists of adjectives that describe mood, or atmosphere of the work, tone, or the way feelings are expressed.
6th - 9th Language Arts 179 Views 239 Downloads
How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
No color, no images, no sound. Just words on paper. How then, do writers convey the tone of a piece? By carefully selecting the words they use to create an impression in the minds of readers. After all, "Don't come back, Jack" expresses a very different sentiment than "Sorry, I'm not interested.
6 mins 9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Color Me Happy: Color, Mood, and Tone
Learners examine how artists use color to set the tone of a painting. They analyze and discuss various paintings, complete a chart comparing the artists' color schemes and tones, and write a paragraph comparing two images.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 37 Downloads
Teaching Tone vs. Mood Using Computer-Based Multimedia
If you have Microsoft's Photo Story 3 or Macintosh's iMovie software, you can use it to teach about tone and mood. First, display the positive images listed with calm, classical music in the background. Then, with the same music, show harsher images.
9th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 37 Downloads
Satire and Tone
Satire and tone are difficult concepts for high schoolers to fully comprehend. Luckily, Mark Twain was an expert of satire, and learners still find his work interesting today. Use chapter 13 of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to illustrate both tone and satire, and how they go hand in hand.
11th Language Arts 3 Views 61 Downloads
Analyzing an Argument
How do you read non-fiction, informational text? How do you recognize the rhetorical devices a writer is using? How do you determine the tone of such a document? Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address provides a perfect vehicle for learners to develop and practice these necessary skills.
10th - 12th Language Arts 161 Views 129 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Focus on Figurative Language
Using the poems "First Snow" by Ted Kooser and "Eating Alone" by Yi-Young Lee (or other suggested poems by Robert Frost or Sara Teasdale), middle schoolers search for examples of figurative language. Guide your learners by discussing what poetry is.
7th Language Arts 28 Views 232 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Plan: Communicating With Body Language
The Olmec were an ancient people native to Mexico who lived from 1000-500 BC. Young artists examine the Olmec piece Seated Figure to analyze the use of body language to communicate a tone or feeling. They then use clay or play-dough to create their own expressive sculpture.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 51 Views 91 Downloads
Create a Music Carnival
This outstanding lesson will encourage your students to combine their knowledge of rhythm, pitch, tone and color with their imaginations to create original compositions about animals. They create a music carnival to "Peter and the Wolf" by Prokofiev, and "Carnival of the Animals" by Saint Saens.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 36 Views 127 Downloads
Break an article down with a SOAPSTone chart. Class members determine the speaker, occasion, audience, purpose, subject, and tone. The chart includes a question for each of these elements, provides some clarifying text for each, and lists a good amount of tone words to use for reference.
7th - 12th Language Arts 39 Views 32 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Poets generally choose each word carefully, and Robinson Jeffers is no exception to this rule. Look closely at Jeffers' word choice in "Inscription for a Gravestone" and "The Deer Lay Down Their Bones" through discussion and writing. After choosing intriguing words as a class, send small groups off to look up these words in several different reference books and report their findings.
9th - 12th Language Arts 7 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Tone and Mood: "Unhappy Hour"
Dark humor, anyone? Kerry Mitchell’s “Unhappy Hour,” compels readers to laugh at his very chilling tale. Explore with your class how the author combines tone and mood to create a sci-fi story with a very unhappy ending. Pre-reading questions, a comprehension check, vocabulary exercise, discussion questions, and activities are included with the resource.
10th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable