Ch 5: Word Choice & Tone in Writing

About This Chapter

Learn the importance of word choice and tone in writing as you progress through the lessons in this chapter. The chapter test will confirm your mastery of the material.

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.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Word Choice & Tone in Writing
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What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

1. 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.

Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage

2. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

3. 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.

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.

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.

How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

6. 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.

How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

7. 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.

Interpreting Tone in Fiction

8. Interpreting Tone in Fiction

This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.

How to Determine the Meaning of Ambiguous Words

9. 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.

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