Bell Ringer #1

EQ: What is the difference between

Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject. While journalistic writing theoretically has a tone of distance and objectivity, all other writing can have various tones.

  • If we were to read a description of a first date that included words and phrases like “dreaded” and “boring”, we could assume that the individual didn’t really enjoy the date.

Mood is the atmosphere of a piece of writing; it’s the emotions a selection arouses in a reader.

  • One good way to see mood in action is through genre-crossing movie trailers. In film editing classes throughout the States, a common assignment is to take an existing film (say, a comedy) and create a film preview that presents the film as a different genre (for example, a horror film). This is accomplished through editing and splicing scenes, adding new, anxiety-producing music and sound effects, and adding a new voice-over introduction.

Mary Poppins as a horror film:


Read the following passage:

Jessica crept along the darkened hallway. She was conscious of a faint whistling noise as she groped the wall in front of her for the doorknob that she knew was there, but couldn’t seem to find in her fear. Finally, her hand closed around the brass knob. She attempted to twist the knob open, but the thin layer of sweat on her palm prevented her from getting the solid grip she needed. Finally, the decrepit wooden door swung inward with a groan, unveiling the dim glow of a single moonlit window on the dining room table. Jessica tentatively moved into the room, but suddenly she saw a human-sized shadow move in the corner of the room - she gasped and cried out, “Who’s there!?”

Quick Check

Take the Quick Check Socrative Quiz based on the information and passage above:


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