Ch 10: 10th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to enable your students to master the use of tone, mood and nuance in literary passages. Students can use these for personal as well as academic enrichment, to polish existing abilities or gain new ones.

10th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone - Chapter Summary

In these short lessons, students learn to recognize mood, tone, and nuance in reading passages. They learn the difference between connotation and denotation and how to identify both, and how to examine context clues and use them to extract the meaning of unknown words. The convenient online format of this study guide ensures that these lessons are readily available 24/7/365. Students can study at their own pace and whenever their schedule permits. The lessons will help students learn how to:

  • Recognize and understand mood, tone, and nuance
  • Define and examine examples of connotation and denotation
  • Use prior knowledge, word structure and relationships, and context clues to construct meaning
  • Understand and interpret figures of speech
  • Acquire vocabulary using reference materials

7 Lessons in Chapter 10: 10th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone
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Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

1. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.

What Is Nuance in Reading?

2. What Is Nuance in Reading?

Sometimes, the way something is written can change its very ideas. During this lesson, we'll examine nuance, or subtle differences in meaning, and how elements like connotation and subtext can create a nuanced piece.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

3. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

5. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

6. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

7. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

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