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Mood vs. Tone

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings literary analysis to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Mood vs. Tone
Pixton Lesson Plan on Mood vs. Tone

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Mood vs. Tone

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The ability to determine the mood and tone of a text is an important critical thinking skill essential to reading comprehension. Teachers should explicitly teach students the definitions, components, and examples of mood and tone (see attached example comics):

  • Mood: The reader or audience’s (intended) emotional reaction to the text, subject matter and tone (tense, nostalgic, empathetic, disgusted, relieved, etc.)
  • Tone: The author or speaker’s (not a character's) attitude or feelings about the subject matter or topic (suspenseful, hopeful, optimistic, sarcastic, condescending, informal, formal, self-deprecating, etc.)

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart:

  • What do you already know about the meaning of mood and tone in life and daily interactions?
  • What do you already know about mood and tone in literature and nonfiction texts?
  • What do you want to know about mood and tone?
  • How could you learn more?
  • Why might this skill be important?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Define

    Complete after opening discussion.

    View Activity
  • Make a Mind Map
    Apply Mood

    Complete after class reading.

    View Activity
  • Make a Mind Map
    Apply Tone

    Complete after class reading.

    View Activity
  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate definitions and examples of mood and tone.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a KW(H)L Character Map to illustrate what you know and want to know about mood and tone.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate mood and tone in a work of poetry, prose or nonfiction.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart:

  • What did you learn about mood and tone?
  • What are you still confused or unsure about?
  • What would you still like to know about mood and tone?
  • How could you learn more?
  • How does this relate to other reading or writing activities or questions you have completed in the past?
  • What memory devices can you use or create to remember how to use this skill?
  • Why is it important to understand and use this skill?
  • How can this skill help you be a stronger reader and writer?
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Pixton Activity: Mood vs. Tone 1 Define

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of the English Language Arts skill of mood and tone.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard that illustrates the definition and elements of mood and tone:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Mood vs. Tone 2 Apply Mood

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of the English Language Arts skill of mood.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates the mood of a piece of fiction literature or prose:

  • Identify the mood in the panel title.
  • Share an example that enhances mood.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Mood vs. Tone 3 Apply Tone

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of the English Language Arts skill of tone.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates the tone of a piece of fiction literature or prose:

  • Identify the tone in the panel title.
  • Include a quote that enhances tone.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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