Author:
ERIN WOLFHOPE
Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Level:
High School
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License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English

Education Standards

Check your Tone

Check your Tone

Overview

This is a lesson on tone.

Tone and Diction

The class will work through the Tone and Diction Slides together.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CjYQj8ShAxJCsRMC4eGsFzxBgbSY3jOjkN0-6Xb1h10

 

Identify the tone 

Teacher will use the excerpt below and model how to find words that show the tone for the piece. Use the graphic organizer and complete together.

I never understood how much social interaction I experienced at school until the end of the first week of my self quarantine. I had been trapped in my house with my family for about 5 days at that point, when my AP Language and Composition class had a Zoom conference. I had done them for other classes so I wasn’t exactly excited for the opportunity. It was just another zoom lecture.

As it turned out, it wasn’t a lecture, it was a conversation. It was a discussion about our last current events assignment that I didn’t know I desperately needed. The conversation was explosive. Differing opinions flew left and right, people brought their cats to join in the fun, family members popped in and out of the frames, and the controlled chaos felt incredible. I relished in the opportunity to argue and challenge their opinions. I didn’t even realize how isolated I was feeling until I was able to talk to them in a creative and intellectual setting once again.

Yaffa Segal, New Rochelle High School

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/learning/what-students-are-saying-about-living-through-a-pandemic.html

 

Use the graphic Organizer:

 

Change in Tone?

Now check out her full response:

I've never been the type of person to go out very much. If you asked me what I do on any given weekend it would usually be the same milquetoast answer: not much. I live in New Rochelle NY, the relative "hub" for the virus in the United States. When I heard that we were supposed to be social distancing, I nearly laughed out loud. So I'm not changing anything? Great.

I didn't realize exactly what that meant.

I never understood how much social interaction I experienced at school until the end of the first week of my self quarantine. I had been trapped in my house with my family for about 5 days at that point, when my AP Language and Composition class had a Zoom conference. I had done them for other classes so I wasn't exactly excited for the opportunity. It was just another zoom lecture. 

As it turned out, it wasn't a lecture, it was a conversation. It was a discussion about our last current events assignment that I didn't know I desperately needed. The conversation was explosive. Differing opinions flew left and right, people brought their cats to join in the fun, family members popped in and out of the frames, and the controlled chaos felt incredible. I relished in the opportunity to argue and challenge their opinions. I didn't even realize how isolated I was feeling until I was able to talk to them in a creative and intellectual setting once again.

What is her tone in the first paragraph? Which words lead you to believe that?

Own Your Own

Choose a paragraph from the selection and rewrite in a different tone.