Diction--the way in which words are used in a text--tell us a lot about a speaker/writer's attitude toward a subject, point-of-view, and/or assumptions. Diction is also used to identify a speaker/writer's tone. Through a close examination of words, students will be able to successfuly identify and write about a speaker/writer's tone.

To begin this work, have students look for words in a text that communicate feeling, emotion, or attitude toward a subject. Once they have identified a handful of words, they will begin to see a pattern and quickly identify how the speaker/writer feels about the subject he/she is writing about. 

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