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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. In the end, they write a poem of their own where they are giving advice to someone.
In this tone of voice worksheet, students look at the face pictures and write down the tone of voice the person would be speaking in. Students write the tone for 12 pictures.
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. For each, they list the tone, mood, and context clues that helped them arrive at the decision. 
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. They then study seven sentences for their tones, moods, and the context clues that reveal each.
Pupils are often confused by the literary terms tone and voice. Focus on tone by analyzing the poems suggested here, which are all from Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art. While reading through each poem, class members write down their emotional reactions to certain lines, underlining or writing down the lines that bring up those emotions. Looking back on these lines, learners can determine the tone. A model of teacher notes is provided; however, you will need to sign up for a free account.
Students listen carefully to a portion of the Poetry Out Loud CD. They focus on the tones the poet uses in his recitation of a poem. Then they map a poem of their own so that a classmate can read it using the tonal qualities intended by the student author.
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." This short video models for viewers how word choice affects tone.
Tone and poetry are closely tied. Show your class how to determine the tone of a poem by noting your reactions and marking lines that bring out feelings. Next, work as a class to work through a second poem. Finally, have individuals read the poem The Alchemist in the City and identify feeling words that make up the tone of the poem. Wrap up by sharing findings. Materials are provided; however, you need to create a free account to access the worksheets.
Poems are meant to be heard. Hearing a poem being read enriches one’s understanding of the tone and mood of the piece. Introduce your class to the sounds of poetry with a packet that not only details how to use poetry recordings in the classroom, but also includes a series of activities that explains how to identify the shifts of tone that occur. Of special value is the Tone List, a handout that lists rich vocabulary words (abashed, blithe, facetious) learners can use to describe the tone of literary works.
In these writing skills worksheets, students learn strategies for developing their voice in writing. Students then complete three activities that help them with their voice.
Fifth graders analyze the meaning and voice of a poem. In this poetry lesson, 5th graders discover how and why a poet uses voice in their poems. Students focus on the personal voice "I" and the message the poet is trying to relay. 
Second graders examine how to use their voice in their writing by singing a song to assimilate the meaning of voice. They rewrite a prewritten story that demonstrates their ability to use voice.
"Tone means attitude." Or so says this resource that uses Jordan Pruitt's "One Love" to model for songwriters how to develop an attitude in their lyrics. Class members engage in a number of exercises designed to give them direct and guided instruction in choosing and crafting a tone for their lyrics. The final lesson in a series of nine songwriting exercises.
Young scholars examine the role of tone in a comedy play. They also discover how to paraphrase a passage and explain a character's point of view.
Examine the "voice" of Ganwar, a character in "Ganwar Speaks!" from Home of the Brave. Middle schoolers identify and discuss dialect, description, and tone. They then work independently to analyze voice and complete worksheets. An associated vocabulary assignment is included.
Explore voice in writing with the story Chess Rumble. After examining the character's voice to understand the character better, sixth graders analyze and discuss the dialect, tone, and descriptive language used. A good way to focus on voice in both reading and writing activities.
Work to improve oral expression while reading aloud. Young scholars read sentence strips, changing their volume, speed, and tone to match what is written, making the sentence more meaningful. They read an entire story with a partner who uses a checklist to evaluate their use of expression.
In this writing voice instructional activity, students match 4 topic sentences to 1 of 4 types of writing, rewrite 1 advertisement that has a voice problem and choose 1 statement to write 5 or 7 sentences about.
Students explore passive voice. They bring in rough drafts, exchange with other students, and look for ways to improve the essays through the elimination of the passive voice.
Foster empathy and expose your class to the hardships of refugees. First, learners listen to, read, and analyze the poem "Refugee Blues" by W.H. Auden. They then use this poem as a model for their own poem that uses voice, imagery, and rhyme. A larger goal is to organize a service project that advocates for refugees. This excellent resource includes handouts as well as extensions and cross-curricular options.

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