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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the 12th Grade English: High School course
- High School English: Reading Skills
- 12th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 12th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
- Short Story Elements: House of Usher & Story of an Hour
- Novel Exemplars: Canterbury Tales, Wuthering Heights & Frankenstein
- Drama Characteristics: Hamlet & The Glass Menagerie
- Understanding & Analyzing Poetry
- Nonfiction Text Analysis
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- 12th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 12th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 12th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- High School English: Narrative Writing
- 12th Grade English: Research Skills
- High School English: Speaking & Listening Skills
- Teacher Resources for 12th Grade English
- Teaching Frankenstein: Guide & Resources
- Teaching Hamlet
- Teaching Beowulf