Mood and Tone in Literature Introduction
Unit Essential Question How do mood and tone contribute to the effect of a literature selection? Mood includes the emotions or feelings produced by the piece, and tone describes the writer’s feelings and attitude about the subject of the piece. Together, they combine the feelings of the author and the reader and draw the reader deep into the action of the plot.
Mood and Tone in Fictional Short Stories Selection: “The Tell-Tale Heart” • How do effective writers create mood in their short stories? • How does visualization help readers understand the mood?
Mood and Tone in Informative Nonfiction Selection: “Birthday Ritual: A Grave Tradition” • How does a reader analyze the tone of a news source? • What are the most effective ways to analyze the content of a news source?
Tone and Text Organization Selection: “Man Made Monsters” • What are the most effective ways to organize a nonfiction text? • What influence can text organization have on the tone of a selection?
Mood and Conflict Selection: “The Third Wish” • What influence does mood have on the conflict in a short story?
Mood and Suspense Selection: “The Monkey’s Paw” • How does a story’s mood of suspense contribute to the plot?
Mood and Tone Vocabulary Mood, tone, attitude, imagery, visualization, feature story, banner, byline, dateline, chronological order, compare/contrast, cause/effect, proposition/support, internal conflict, external conflict, suspense