Style, Tone, and Mood Style, Tone, and Mood Remember that style has to do with how an author uses words, tone reflects his or her feeling about the subject matter, and mood has to do with our own feeling as we respond to what we are reading. Style, Tone, and Mood What stands out about the style of the sentence below? Delilah stopped, stared, and sucked in her breath. The author uses a series of strong verbs to show the character’s actions. The author also uses alliteration in the repetition of the “s” sound. Style, Tone, and Mood How would you describe the tone of the sentence below? Ms. Haggerty bumped open the door and lurched towards her desk, clutching a jagged stack of books that brushed against her nose. humorous, over the top Style, Tone, and Mood How would you describe the mood of the following sentences? I peered uneasily up the stairs. At the top, grayish light sat on the landing like a mist. gloomy, scary Style, Tone, and Mood How would you describe the author’s style and tone in the sentences below? What mood does the author create? Paul stared at the gray, twisted waves that rose and pounded the shore. Above, seagulls shrieked and circled against the stony sky. “Where are they?” he said softly. The style is descriptive in sight and sound. The tone is watchful. The mood is tense. Style, Tone, and Mood Try building on the style, tone, and mood of each of the sentences that follow by adding an additional sentence. Juan pumped the peddles of his bike until his leg muscles felt ready to burst. Possible answer: His heart pounded and the cold air burned his lungs. Style, Tone, and Mood Brianna squealed, closed her eyes, and shook herself when she heard the news. Possible answer: She tore through her backpack and then gasped gratefully when she found her phone. Style, Tone, and Mood Kyle sucked in his breath and rested his trembling fingers on the exam booklet. Possible answer: He scratched the cover until it caught in his thumb nail. Style, Tone, and Mood Marta clutched Spot and headed for the tub her mother had filled, trying not to cry from the burning smell of skunk. Possible answer: She steadied her arms and then plunged her spaniel into the sudsy depths below. Style, Tone, and Mood Neal watched the plates of food descend to his grandmother’s dining room table, steaming and pungent with flavor. Possible answer: His eyes and mouth watered as his grandfather began to carve the turkey. Copyright © 2011 StudyIsland.com All rights reserved.