Determine the Tone of a Text by Analyzing Word Choice

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Identifying the tone of a written piece can be a challenge, especially in informative text. The narrator of this short video directs viewers to closely examine an author’s word choice to determine the author’s feelings about a topic. Using John Moir’s article “The Little Owls that Live Underground,” as a text, the narrator highlights emotional words and phrases that reveal Moir’s attitude toward the conflict over the habitat of burrowing owls. To give young writers practice with the process, follow the video with a guided practice exercise using additional paragraphs from this or another article.

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