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Tone What is Tone?
Tone What is Tone? The writers or speakers attitude toward a subject, character, or audience Conveyed through the authors choice of words, detail, imagery, and language
Tone In order to understand tone, we must understand how our choice of words (or Diction) effects the tone
Diction What is diction?
Diction What is diction? Diction is word choice intended to convey a certain effect
Diction What is diction? Diction is word choice intended to convey a certain effect To communicate ideas and impressions To evoke emotions To convey your views of truth to the reader
Diction Levels of Diction High or Formal Diction Neutral Diction Low or Informal Diction
Types of Diction Monosyllabic (one syllable) Polysyllabic (more than one syllable)
Types of Diction Concrete – specific words that describe physical qualities or conditions Abstract – language that denotes ideas, emotions, conditions, or concepts that are intangible
Types of Diction Slang – a group of recently coined words (informal and goes out of style) Jargon – words and expressions characteristic of a particular trade, profession, or pursuit (Moby Dick) Dialect – nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary and grammatical features; it often reveals a persons economic or social class (The Skin Im In)
Types of Diction Denotation – the exact, literal definition of a word Connotation – the suggestions, associations, and emotional overtones attached to a word (house/home)
Types of Diction Figurative Language Simile – compares 2 things using like or as The warrior fought like a lion
Types of Diction Figurative Language Metaphor – compares 2 things without using like or as Time is money
Types of Diction Figurative Language Personification – a kind of metaphor that gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics The wind cried in the dark
Types of Diction Figurative Language Onomatopoeia – the use of words that mimic the sounds they describe hiss, buzz, bang
Types of Diction Figurative Language Alliteration – beginning several consecutive or neighboring words with the same sound The twisting trout twinkled below
Types of Diction Figurative Language Idioms – an expression that means something different than its literal meaning He kicked the bucket
Levels of Diction
What Level of Diction? Formal? Informal? Ordinary? Informal? Formal?
Levels of Diction
Diction List the Clock Exercise Presented with a vague or general word such as house, and you generate a list of specific words to replace that word home, domicile, castle, residence, etc.
Writing Exercise Respond to the prompt Write a minimum of one page DO NOT use the same word more than once in the entire page
Prompt If you could become an expert in any profession, sport, or activity, what would you choose and why? OR Write about jealousy. Tell a story about yourself; write about someone you are jealous of. Give jealousy a voice. OR Explore the subject of illness. Select a moment of personal experience of being sick or being a caregiver.