ATTITUDE: ATTITUDE Tone is synonymous with attitude
Questions you can ask when looking for tone in a piece:
What is the author’s/speaker’s attitude (tone)?
How does he or she feel about something?
What is their overall opinion about the subject of a piece or the audience (reader)?
What is the authors personality?
How does the author create tone in a piece?: How does the author create tone in a piece? Diction
The author creates tone by his or her selection of words.
The author creates tone by his or her descriptions of words, phrases, concepts, and ideas.
The author creates tone by arranging words in a specific way.
The author creates tone by bringing the reader into the action of the piece through appealing to the 5 senses.
How does the reader perceive tone?: How does the reader perceive tone? By examination of
When you examine these elements you discover the author’s tone (attitude) towards you, the reader, and towards the subject of the piece.
What is the purpose of tone?: What is the purpose of tone? It sets the relationship between reader and writer.
Creates growing emotion in the reader.
Connects the material to the reader.
Tone is the hallmark of the writer’s personality.
Understanding Tone: Understanding Tone Understanding tone is a prerequisite to understanding meaning.
It is key to understanding the author’s mood
It is key to making connections between the author’s thought and its expression.
Identifying and Analyzing TONE: Identifying and Analyzing TONE Requirements to identifying and analyzing tone:
Sensitivity to diction and syntax
Understanding of detail selection and imagery.
RECAP: RECAP How to find tone:
Word choice (foundation of voice)
Facts, observations, and incidents used to develop a topic, shaping and seasoning voice.
Verbal representations of sense experience
Brings the immediacy of sensory experience to writing and gives voice a distinctive quality.
Grammatical sentence structure, controls verbal pacing and focus.
TONE: EXPRESSION OF ATTITUDE. GIVES VOICE ITS DISTINCTIVE PERSONALITY.