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The writer’s tone 1

Learning intention

For students to be able to identify the writer's tone in a text.

Explain

to students that the tone can be verbally expressed or identified in a piece of writing.

Demonstrate

to students the tone a teacher might use to a student when they have not completed their homework. Use various tones to show the various responses that are likely.

Ask

students to identify the tones. For example, angry, annoyed, indifferent.

List

them on the board.

Ask:

What is it about the tone that shows you how the teacher feels?

Ask:

What type of pitch, pace or volume effects the words spoken?

Ask

students to work in small groups to demonstrate various examples of tone. Allow five to ten minutes for students to practise role-play, then encourage the groups to perform.

Ask:

Can the audience identify the tone or attitude of the performing groups?

Discuss

students' performances and responses.

Explain

to students that tone can also be identified in a text. The tone suggests the writer's attitude to the topic. The tone might suggest delight, anger, disapproval, excitement, pride, regret or something else.

Ask

students if they can suggest examples of clear tone in any text they have recently read. This could be fiction or non-fiction. For example:

In Roald Dahl's short novel The Twits, the author creates a tone of real annoyance and frustration between Mr and Mrs Twit by the plot he develops and the dialogue he uses.