My 5th graders are studying author’s tone, and mood. These are complex concepts for my ESOL students to understand. To start off I adapted a great Author’s Tone and Mood lesson. Before having student write, I they took turns talking about their stories this really helped my lower ones generate ideas, and gave all of them practice using the vocabulary. I created a visual list of words that they could use to describe the tone.
Then we used task cards to practice identifying tone in a passage. They also practiced identifying the mood that a setting can create using task cards.