Analyzing Diction and Tone

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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We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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