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Ch 10: High School English: Word Choice & Tone

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In this chapter is a comprehensive overview of word choice and tone in English. Lessons help students understand concepts that include the impact of word choice on tone, how to determine the meaning of words and ways to interpret figures of speech.

High School English: Word Choice & Tone - Chapter Summary

The entertaining lessons in this chapter simplify the process of understanding word choice and tone. Videos and texts cover context, nuance, mood, tone and more in reading passages as well as how to refine and determine the meaning of words. Students can take short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to gauge their understanding of these concepts. In no time, they will have the knowledge to:

  • Define the literary terms tone and mood, and demonstrate how to find them in literary passages
  • Explain how authors influence the meaning and tone of a sentence through word choice
  • Share the meaning of nuance and how connotation and subtext can create nuanced pieces
  • Determine the meaning of words using context
  • Use specific methods to refine the meaning of a term
  • Interpret puns, idioms, verbal irony and other figures of speech

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: High School 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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

2. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

What Is Nuance in Reading?

3. 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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

4. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Discussing and Refining the Meaning of a Term

5. Discussing and Refining the Meaning of a Term

In this lesson we explore a few methods in how to discover and refine the meaning of a term, through using the dictionary and our critical thinking skills, and how best to commit it to memory.

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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