We focused on these tricky elements last week. I used a lot of videos to get my students to recognize that the mood is set by the reader, and the tone is set by the writer. One of the lessons we really liked was watching a Mary Popping video, and then watching "the flip side" or Scary Mary. I first taught this lesson last year and used these two videos:
This is the original trailer from 1964.
We discussed the mood and tone that was created by the scenes the wrtiers chose, along with the music that was played. Next I showed my students this video:
I thought it was pretty cool, that someone had created the same idea with Disney's Frozen. This movie was so popular this year. Even though they are older, my smarties love to "hate" this movie.
So, if you are trying to get this difficult point across, you can also use these videos:
and then the SCARY Frozen version
To do a quick formative, and see if my students "GOT IT,"
I had them figure out the mood and tone of their novels and write a summary paragraph. Then, I asked them to FLIP IT and find a section of text that they could use to portray a totally different mood and tone.
It was really cool to read and listen to their paragraphs.
They loved this idea, and I would LOVE a few more ideas for teaching mood and tone. Share your thoughts!