Mini Lesson_ Close Reading Skill for Literature

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Lesson about Tone and Mood with the literature book The Outsiders

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Close Reading of Literature Tone and Mood Lesson Grades 6-8 using The Outsiders by S.E Hutton By David Bouquin May 28 2017

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OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to... ● Identify the Tone and Mood of a literature book and cite textual evidence 3 examples explicit or inferred in the text supporting their claim. ● better understand how the Tone and Mood helps the reader comprehend the Meaning of the text. ● explain the meaning of a word’s connotation and denotation

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INTRODUCTION and DEMONSTRATION: Analyzing Tone and Mood 1. Using the document camera read to the students a selection from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: page 12 par. 4 through page 13 par. 2. 2. Ask students how do they think the author feels about the characters. List answers on the margins 3. Ask the students how does the selection make them feel about the story. List answers on the margin 4. Explain to students: a. Tone: Is the way the author expresses her/his attitude towards the subject matter. You can recognize this by the author’s descriptive word choices language and images. This can vary throughout the story or remain constant. b. Mood: The feeling of the audience or reader as they read the story. 5. An explanation about word choice meaning. Words have two meanings. One meaning is their denotation or dictionary definition. The other word meaning is their connotation. Connotation is the cloud of associations feelings that goes along with the word and the attitude that the word communicates. Ask yourself: does the word in the story have a positive negative or neutral feeling or connotation

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GUIDED PRACTICE 1. Pass out another selection from The Outsiders page 46 par. 2 2. Project the selection on the document camera 3. Have a student read the selection to the whole class 4. Ask the students what they think the author’s tone is about the “Socs” a. Ask them to identify text evidence that supports their claim about the tone 5. Describe the tone of Cherry’s words: Regret Trust Jealous a. Regret and Jealousy: i. Text Evidence: “You have different set of values you are more emotional we’re sophisticated - we are cool to point of not feeling… nothing is real.” b. Trust: i. Text Evidence: confesses “I don’t mean half of what I’m saying...never told anyone that...you’re the first person I’ve gotten through to.”

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GUIDED PRACTICE Continued Mood 1. Ask the students what mood they feel about the “Socs” a. Ask them to identify text evidence that supports their claim about the mood. Connotation of Word Choices by the author: 1. Sophisticated: Negative cool but unfeeling cool a. Text Evidence: i. “cool to the point of not feeling anything.” ii. “Nothing is real with us.” 2. Aloofness: Negative not showing emotions or feelings a. Text Evidence: “careful not to let our real selves through...fought coolly and practically and impersonally.”

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APPLY IN INDEPENDENT PRACTICE Tell Students: 1. Work with a partner 2. Read pages 47 and 48 3. Write down a word or phrase for the Tone and Mood 4. Tone: cite write down 3 examples of textual evidence explicit or inferred in the text supporting the author’s tone you identified. 5. Mood: cite write down 3 examples of textual evidence explicit or inferred in the text supporting the author’s mood you identified.

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APPLY...WRITING PROMPT FOR HOMEWORK Ask the students to write a comparison about their own approach to live. Ask them to answer the question with a half to whole page respond: “Are you more like the “Greasers” and show your emotions outwardly or more like the “Socs” and keep your emotions to yourself Please give real live examples demonstrating which way you typically respond to important or intense events.”

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ASSESS and REFLECT 1. Assess each pairs response 2. Point Value: a. reasonable tone identified: 2 points b. reasonable mood identified: 2 points c. each text evidence example cited for tone: 2 points 6 total d. each text evidence example cited for mood: 2 points 6 total Total possible points: 16

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