Close Reading: Analyzing Mood and Tone

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The AP Literature and Composition exam is all about close reading. Test takers are presented with a passage and asked to analyze how an author uses literary devices to create a desired effect. Prepare your students for the exam with a reference packet that defines these devices, explains their purpose or effect, and provides tips for how to identify the devices in text.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Post the reference on your class web page or copy the resource for class members 
  • Provide examples from released AP exams
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for AP and pre-AP English classes

  • Includes lists words to use to describe tone, mood, and diction

  • No examples are included