Unit 6: Tone
Unit 6: Tone
Essential Questions and Skills:
How can we recognize tone in literature? In what ways is tone part of the total meaning of a poem (compound of the intellectual and the emotional)? How is tone used by Milton and Borges to discuss their attitudes toward their blindness? How does knowing the poet’s history help us determine the tone of his work? In what ways does the poet’s use of allusion enable us to ascertain his tone? How can examining two versions of the same poem help aid our understanding of tone? How does Updike’s use of the subjective narrative voice impact the tone of “A &P?”
How can we choose adjectives to represent a tone? How can we use a model annotation to better annotate a poem? How can
Two versions of “My Papa’s Waltz” Theodore Roethke
- My Papa's Waltz
- Side 1 of Draft #2
- Side 2 of Draft #2
- Roethke's Revisions and the Tone of "My Papa's Waltz"
- Cultural Context of "Papa"
- Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz": A Reader's Response
- Safe in their Alabaster Chambers
- Safe in their Alabaster Chambers PPT (Credit:mrmorgans12english.pbworks.com)
Perrine’s Literature Structure, Sound, and Sense, Chapter 10
Assignment: Read the poems and author's notes for each of the poems from the textbook listed below. Complete the corresponding questions for each poem.
“For a Lamb” Richard Eberhart
“Apparently with no Surprise” Emily Dickinson
“Since there’s no Help” Michael Drayton
"My Mistress' Eyes" by William Shakespeare
“Oh, Oh” William Hathaway
“On His Blindness” John Milton
“Parable of the Talents” Mathew
“A & P” John Updike
Handout: Tone Words and Words that Describe Language (apcentral.collegeboard.com)
Handout: The paragraph as a sandwich – Writing a 12 sentence paragraph
Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone by Nancy Dean
A. Untimed annotation of “Oh, Oh”
B. Homework questions from Chapter 10
C. Un-timed essay on “A&P” using 12 Sentence Paragraph. (Prompt: How does Updike’s use of the subjective narrative voice impact the tone of “A &P?”)
E. Weekly exercises from Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone.
F. Student generated AP style multiple choice questions