Mood vs. Tone

Walk into the classroom and speak in a very angry, frustrated tone. This will be shocking and maybe even a bit scary for students. You could also talk in a super happy tone if you aren’t usually super energetic and happy. Just try to use a tone you don’t usually use with students for shock value. Afterwards have students discuss the tone you had and evidence of that tone. They could mention your voice, hand gestures and facial expressions.

Say, “Tone is the attitude of a person toward others. Mood is how others feel because of that tone!” Show the video below and continue to analyze various pages in student independent reading books for tone and mood. This will take a few days of practice and discussion, as it is a fairly abstract concept for students to understand.