As you read the passage below, try to imagine the speaker. It was a glorious day today. Although the rain pounded the street outside, my mind was filled with thoughts of my secret. I felt myself smiling often, for no reason. I even laughed out loud, but luckily no one noticed. How would you describe the speaker's tone? What can you infer about the speaker's secret?
Now read the passage below and think about the speaker and his or her tone. Today was a long day. The rain pounded the pavement outside for hours. All I could think about was my secret. I didn't want to think about it, though. I longed for a reason to laugh or even smile. But I could find none. How would you describe the speaker? What can you infer about the speaker's secret?
Brainstorm Brainstorm as many words as possible that can be used to describe various kinds of tone.
The following are words that describe various kinds of tone. Record them in your vocabulary folder. Arrogant Compassionate Desolate Flippant Nostalgic Proud Solemn Petty Formal Optimistic
What is mood? Mood is the atmosphere or overall feeling that a literary work creates for the READER. The mood can be serious, humorous, or sad.
A variety of elements contribute to mood: 1. word choice (ex: grumpy) 2. images (ex: starlit night) 3. setting (ex: dark, shadowy room) 4. events (ex: heavy storm clouds lifting) 5. punctuation & sentence structure