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Mood or Tone



Mood or Tone
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.81

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     challenging words:    edhelper, unexplained, suspense, humorous, writing, emotional, painter, paragraph, mysterious, involve, happening, such, reader, combine, painting, situation
     content words:    Joyce Furstenau


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Mood or Tone
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Mood or tone is the feeling in a story. The author carefully sets the mood or tone by the choice of setting, details, images, and the words he or she chooses. The author sets the tone, but it may be easier to understand as the attitude or feeling you, the reader, get from the story. The author gets the reader to respond to the story in an emotional way. It is sometimes very hard to explain, but we often recognize the mood or tone of a story.
 
2     Probably the easiest tone or mood to recognize and describe is a humorous one. Have you ever read a story and just laughed out loud? The author was able to communicate something funny to you. It may have been a character's actions, words, or just a funny situation.
 
3     An author may create a mood of suspense or mystery. Unexplained things may happen. It may be a dark or scary setting. The characters may be acting in a strange, mysterious way.
 
4     An author can even combine these two things. The setting may be scary with unexplained things happening, but the way the character acts in that setting could be very humorous.
 
5     In describing tone, we must use adjectives. Tone can be exciting, boring, scary, humorous, serious, mysterious, creepy, horrifying, or happy.

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