Tone and mood are more elements of style that I needed to introduce to my students. I started by showing a clip on YouTube about the movie Frozen as a horror movie. The class loved it because it was so creepy. Although they've seen the actual Disney movie, I asked students how they felt about watching this version of Frozen (most of them said they would watch it if it was a movie). We then had a class discussion about what conventions and techniques in this video made the video scary i.e., how did the music in the clip change the entire tone of the original movie? I then explained to them that the overall feeling of the video/ their reaction is the 'mood' and the way that feelings/actions are expressed in the video is known as 'tone'. I differentiated between the two by telling them that mood is the feeling they get after watching/reading and the tone is the author's attitude towards the writing.
As a class, we dissected the lyrics of Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac Shakur. Students had the opportunity to read lines from verse 1 of the song and discussed what they thought the underlying message was, the overall tone, and their mood towards the lyrics. We then watched the video for Keep Ya Head Up and we talked about the conventions and techniques of the vide, keeping in mind wether the techniques helped create a specific tone or not i.e., does the music flow well with the lyrics? Students had the opportunity to discuss what tone and mood they wanted to set with their book trailers in their literature circle groups.
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