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Word Choice & Tone in Writing- Chapter Summary
To an author, words are like paint. They provide color, set a mood and can tell the reader a tremendous amount about the author's point of view. You will learn to understand why authors choose to use the selected words in a text and how those word choices reflect their intent and attitude in a written work.
In this chapter, you will be introduced to the concepts of connotation and denotation, and you can learn to identify the meanings of unfamiliar words by evaluating them in relation to words and ideas around them. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you will be familiar with:
- Tone, mood and point of view
- Determining meaning using context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
- Interpreting the author's word choices
- Understanding ambiguous words
- Identifying the author's tone and interpreting tone in works of fiction
Our experienced instructors are engaging and entertaining and will help you master the concepts of word choice in writing. The videos are easy to navigate and have a jump feature in the timeline for quick access to individual points. If you prefer to read, or if you enjoy reading along, the lesson transcript can be found directly beneath the video window. It is also a great way to look up terminology. When you have completed your study, take the optional lesson quizzes or chapter exam to see just how much you have learned.
1. Writing in a Formal & Objective Tone
This lesson discusses tools that help to create a formal and objective writing tone. It will explain the processes of using appropriate language, avoiding slang, writing in the third person, and employing the passive voice.
2. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer
Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.
9. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View
Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.
10. How to Determine the Meaning of Ambiguous Words
In this lesson we'll learn a few tricks you can use when you encounter ambiguous words while studying or taking tests. Studying can be a tedious process, especially when memorizing lots of new information. Taking tests can be challenging too. Why not learn a few shortcuts for studying and test taking that can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run? These strategies will help you get on the fast track to success.
11. 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.
12. What is Technical Writing?
You might not be a doctor or an IT specialist, but you've probably had more experience with technical writing than you realize. Find out how when you explore the features of this specialized communication style in this lesson.
13. 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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