Have tone and mood been stumbling blocks for your middle grade students? One of the most frequent questions I get from teachers is about how to teach tone. Now, I no longer have to reply, "I'll be darned if I know!" ;) Here's an awesome trick to teach kids what tone means and how to include it in writing!

Have tone and mood been stumbling blocks for your middle grade students? One of the most frequent questions I get from teachers is about how to teach tone. Now, I no longer have to reply, "I'll be darned if I know!" ;) Here's an awesome trick to teach kids what tone means and how to include it in writing!

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Tone + Mood in Literature - Moving Beyond Paragraphs (Photocopy a key page from a reading, let students draw over it for visual journals)

Tone + Mood in Literature - Moving Beyond Paragraphs (Photocopy a key page from a reading, let students draw over it for visual journals)

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Teaching Theme - Link to blog post with several ideas for interactive reading notebooks. First tree defines theme; second tree used to determine theme. Write the topics covered in the tree trunk (Home, Family, etc.), write a theme statement in the branches, and write text evidence of the theme in the tree's leaves. Practice finding the theme by watching Youtube videos of "theme songs" from old sitcoms and determining the "theme" of the show from the theme song!

Teaching Theme - Link to blog post with several ideas for interactive reading notebooks. First tree defines theme; second tree used to determine theme. Write the topics covered in the tree trunk (Home, Family, etc.), write a theme statement in the branches, and write text evidence of the theme in the tree's leaves. Practice finding the theme by watching Youtube videos of "theme songs" from old sitcoms and determining the "theme" of the show from the theme song!

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You CAN set a calm, positive, hard-working classroom tone right away--like literally, in the first ten minutes of the first day of school! Come read…

You CAN set a calm, positive, hard-working classroom tone right away--like literally, in the first ten minutes of the first day of school! Come read…

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One of the most difficult literary devices to recognize as well as convey is tone.  Helping students to identify tone in literature can be daunting...

One of the most difficult literary devices to recognize as well as convey is tone. Helping students to identify tone in literature can be daunting...

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