Trying to Teach Tone or Mood or Irony?

If you are trying to teach tone, irony, or mood, Grady Hendrix’s Slate.com article “Giant Squid” could be a fun one. Seeing if the kids can catch the fact that the writer is not serious and if the kids can catch the humor throughout the piece would be interesting; besides, it’s a great read, too.

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2 thoughts on “Trying to Teach Tone or Mood or Irony?

  1. Nuss

    Thanks for this. I’m actually working on style right now. Although, I’m wondering whether the number of allusions might cause the style and tone to fly right over my sophomores’ heads. But I’m willing to give it a shot.

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  2. drpezz Post author

    Maybe a quick video clip from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea could help, but there are quite a few allusions (which could be an interesting lesson as well).

    I used to show clips from Shrek, but the kids are picking up fewer of the allusions each year as the references age.

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