Analyzing tone

IB English A: Language & Literature: Analyzing tone

Writers communicate a message to us through a particular tone. Tone is the choice of vocabulary, syntax and verb tense, all of which place the reader in a particular mood. As we analyze the language of the unseen texts in Paper 1, we need to establish a particular vocabulary for describing tone. In other words, we need to learn a few important adjectives in order to describe the language of texts. Instead of commenting...

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Josh Berg 27 October 2014 - 07:47

The first piece comes from the inaugural issue of Ms. magazine, a very useful thing to know contextually.

David McIntyre 27 October 2014 - 21:34

This isn't my page, Josh. The material looks generally good, but I baulk at the introduction that begins 'writers communicate a message'. The Language and Literature course rejects this transmission model of reading (quite rightly), and I hate to think that writers might have a 'message' to pass on.

Thanks for your insight.


Josh Berg 28 October 2014 - 14:12

Hi, David—How would one know that this isn't your page and therefore not necessarily fully appropriate for the course?

David McIntyre 28 October 2014 - 19:08

You don't know Josh. Although I didn't write it, I am the website author (now). So, it's my responsibility, and I can change it (should I determine too.)



Alison Hunter 7 January 2015 - 16:03

I looked up the second text, and it may be an urban legend - it is, at the very least, a combination of text and image that did not originally go together. It's still an interesting exercise, but it might be worth mentioning to your students.

David McIntyre 12 January 2015 - 07:46


Thanks, Alison.

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