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"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. In the end, they write a poem of their own where they are giving advice to someone.
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. For each, they list the tone, mood, and context clues that helped them arrive at the decision.
The Tone of a Poem
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.
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. They then study seven sentences for their tones, moods, and the context clues that reveal each.
The Tone Map
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.
The Tone of a Poem
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.
The Tone Map
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.
Thinking Out Loud
Students share opinions about whether a series of statements from the internet constitute facts or opinions. They read and analyze blogs published in on the web in order to understand the use of fact, opinion, and tone of voice when writing on the internet.
Tone of Voice
In this tone of voice learning exercise, 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.
Give Me Some Expression!
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.
Active and Passive Voice
Show your high school and junior high learners the importance of active and passive voice in writing, and let them get their hands dirty with the provided practice questions. Although the lesson says that the active voice is preferred, it does support that the passive voice is effective for creating specific effect in writing. Learners explore documents like the Declaration of Independence and JFK’s Inaugural Address, as well as excerpts from fictional writing. The directions are clear, and the practice is effective. There is little need for modification.
Determining Purpose and Audience
Build the writing skills of your junior high wordsmiths with activities that introduce many essential skills of writing. As a class, they develop working definitions of formal vs. informal writing, explore different categories of writing, and practice the lesson with the provided prompts. They also identify mood and tone in their classmates' writing examples. Although designed for one class period, this lesson could be done over two or three periods for greater understanding.
Identifying Audience and Purpose
Use a fun and creative activity to introduce junior high learners to how writing changes for different audiences and purposes. The activity begins with a reading by the instructor where teens visualize a food fight in the cafeteria. In groups, they have to come up with a creative response to a provided prompt that addresses the situation read to them. They discuss the difference in language, voice, tone, and selected information provided to the principal, parents, and a friend. Strategies for differentiation are available.
Communication Skills: Conflict Resolution
Learners explore communication techniques by participating in speech role-playing activities. In this conflict resolution lesson, students identify the keys to being a good communicator such as listening, eye contact, and the tone of their voice. Learners conduct discussions with classmates while employing these techniques.
Analyzing Author's Voice
Explore voice in poetry. Focus on several poems by Langston Hughes and identify words and phrases that represent the author's feelings about the topic of the poem. After working through a few poems together, individuals read "Youth" by Langston Hughes and write about the author's voice in the poem, including text evidence that supports their ideas. All of the poems in the lesson come from Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes.
Active and Passive Voice: Finding Examples Online
Incorporate technological fluency with a search for examples of active and passive voice in online resources. Discuss how use of active or passive voice influences mood or tone and contributes to author's purpose. List of websites/digital texts to explore and a worksheet to track results is included.
Mood and Tone
Students describe their current mood in several complete sentences. They compare their moods with moods set by authors through the tone of their writing. Students read a teacher prepared handout about mood/tone of writing. They write their own essay, concentrating on creating a mood. Ideas for writing assignments are included in the lesson plan.
A Gesture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Students share observations on the nuances of meaning in face to face and online interactions with others. After reading an article, they identify the causes and effects of internet flaming. They create their own comic strips demonstrating the outcomes of flaming and write a bill of rights outlining the responsibilities of internet users.
Voice in Poems
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.
Words and Phrases that Support the Author's Voice
Third graders examine the author's voice. In this author's voice lesson students read poems by Shel Silverstein. Students choose words and phrases that indicate the author's voice.