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Can anyone help me help my students to tell the difference between tone and mode?

Oct 30, 2014 10:52am

My students seem to understand the definitions of both tone (how the author feels) and mood (how the reader feels) and can recite them to me over and over again, but when reading a text, they confuse the two. For example, when reading a story about WWII, my students said the tone was "sad" or "scary," when really these were the emotions evoked in them as the reader. Does anyone have any tips for teaching my students how to tell the difference when looking for both the tone and mood in actual texts?

  • English Language Arts
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    • Nov 8, 2014 12:47pm

      If your school or district owns a subscription to, they have a great kid friendly video that explains and illustrates the differences.

      • Feb 18, 2018 10:28pm

        This is exactly how I feel and we're reading similar texts! I have shown them a video, but like you said it's when applying it to the text that it becomes a challenge.

        I tried to go back and highlight the specific words the author is using to portray the tone. I'm still not quite sure if they fully understood.