Unit 1: This Thing Called Lit English I G/T – 2011-2012
Tone : The writer’s/speaker’s attitude toward his/her subject or audience. This is described by a single adjective (ex. a sarcastic tone, a playful tone, a bitter tone). Tone is important because understanding a writer or speaker’s attitude towards his/her subject enables us to decipher meaning and purpose.
1. Examine the diction in the passage. 2. Using your knowledge of the diction, determine the possible tone(s) of the passage. 3. Check your tone determinations by examining imagery, detail, and syntax and seeing if they match the tone(s) you have identified.
an acronym that aids you in analyzing a fiction or nonfiction prose passage. D Diction I Imagery D Detail L Language S Syntax
Diction : Word choice Writers choose their words with purpose. If we can analyze diction, it can help us understand their theme and purpose. In order to analyze diction, we have to be able to analyze…
Denotation : The dictionary or literal meaning of a word. Ex : Plump = a full, round, and pleasing figure Connotation : All the meanings, associations, or feelings that a word suggests. Ex : Fat = while similar in denotative meaning to plump, it has a very harsh and mean connotation
Examine the diction in the following sentences. What are the connotations here? Which sentence has a more positive connotation, and which has a more negative connotation? You look unique today. You look odd today. You look weird today.
Examine the diction in the following sentences. What are the connotations here? Which has a more positive emotional connotation? I’m crazy about him. I love him to the depths of my soul.
Categorize the following words as having a positive, negative, or neutral connotation. Friendly Clever House Dislike Love Home Sincere Infatuation Admit
Sensory Language : Words and phrases that appeal to the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and/or taste. Sensory details create… Imagery : Vivid descriptions that re- create sensory experiences for the reader, creating “word pictures” Ex: “a thundering downpour of rain” To what senses does this example appeal?
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