My 5th graders are studying author’s tone, and mood. These are complex concepts for my ESOL students to understand. To start off I adapted a great Author’s Tone and Mood lesson. Before having student write, they took turns talking about their stories this really helped my lower ones generate ideas, and gave all of them practice using the vocabulary. I created a visual list of words that they could use to describe the tone.
Then we used task cards to practice identifying tone in a passage. They also practiced identifying the mood that a setting can create using task cards.