Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Mood & Tone - Section 3: Read-Aloud Chapter 20


As I develop and hone my teaching practice I've learned that when teaching literary devices and craft, repetition is key.  It's not enough to teach students a concept like mood & tone once in a year, have them practice to the appearance of mastery and move on.  Students need repeated exposure and practice with these devices to understand how to use them in their own writing effectively.  I try to make a point of giving students multiple chances during the school year to do just that.

Ultimately, learning literary devices isn't about coffee shops smarts, but helping students develop and improve their own writing through greater awareness of the tools they have at hand. It's not enough that students can read and spot the tone and mood in great works like Frankenstein. They should be able to demonstrate a command of mood and tone in their writing for our class and for others. 

  Teaching Literary Devices
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Teaching Literary Devices
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Mood & Tone

Unit 6: Frankenstein
Lesson 10 of 13

Objective: SWBAT analyze how mood and tone change at the climax of a novel.

Big Idea: How do mood and tone contribute to the suspense of a narrative?

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