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The Elements of Style and Tone by Katy Gladden. Many people enjoy reading and analyzing selections of fiction. Why is this?. http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/71244. Studying the writing style and tone used by an author helps us to interpret the story.

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The elements of style and tone by katy gladden

The Elements of Style and Tone by Katy Gladden

  • Many people enjoy

    reading and

    analyzing selections of fiction.

  • Why is this?

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/71244


The elements of style and tone by katy gladden

  • Studying the writing style and tone used by an author helps us to interpret the story.

http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/82612


Writing style

Writing Style

  • In the class text, A Critical Handbook of Children’s Literature by Rebecca J. Lukens, the author defines the literary element of writing style as:

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“…how an author says something as opposed to what he says.” (Page 189).


Style and story

Style and Story

  • The author mentions that the type of style is selected to best suit the needs of the story.

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Writing Style

  • In the following presentation, the story, No, David! is discussed to show how the writing style functions to support the story line.

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Story summary

Story Summary

  • No, David! is the story of a mischievous little five year old boy who is constantly pushing behavior limits with his mother.

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Story Summary

  • In the opening page of the book, David is precariously reaching for the cookie jar on the top shelf of the kitchen cabinet while standing on top of a chair. He has a determined look on his face and his mother admonishes, “No, David!” (Page 4).

  • The rest of the story is a series of similar challenging incidents until finally David finds his limits and seeks refuge into his mother’s loving arms.

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Characteristics of writing style

Characteristics of Writing Style

  • As an example, Mr. Shannon uses child like vocabulary to accentuate the young age of main character called David.

  • In this story, David is approximately five years old.

  • The vocabulary is simple, limited in content, and easily understood by a young child.

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Writing Style

  • The words of the story are printed in a juvenile style font as if to appear written by a young child.

  • Limited text is written on each page.

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The elements of style and tone by katy gladden

Tone

  • Most of the sentences are spoken by the mother in a didactic style (command form) of tone to show how the mother is instructing her son about proper behavior.

  • Further, the mother uses a type of condescending tone with her young troublesome child.

  • “Go to your room!” (Page 14 ).

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Tone through illustrations

Tone Through Illustrations

  • The tone is further reinforced by the illustrations.

  • The author draws David looking mischievous, determined, and with expressive body language.

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Tone Through Illustrations

  • The illustrations also include vivid colors, simple lines, and humorous facial expressions.

  • The text is large and usually portrays a single scene for every one or two pages.

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Book award

Book Award

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  • No, David! also received the Caldecott Honor Award in 1999.

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Summary

Summary

  • One can see how the author cleverly uses the style and the tone of the story to create empathy between the reader and the main character in this story.

  • For this reason, this book is very popular with young elementary school aged children everywhere.

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Works cited

Works Cited

  • Bolle, Sonia. "David Shannon: A Merry Prankster." Publishers Weekly 246.29 (1999): 168. Literary Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 8 July 2011.

  • Carpenter, Susan. "At 51, David Shannon stays in touch with his inner child - latimes.com." Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 July 2011. <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-david-shannon-20101209,0,3717243.story>.

  • Lukens, Rebecca J. A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature. Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon, 2007. Print.

  • Shannon, David. No, David! . New York: Blue Sky Press, 1998. Print.

  • Smith, Robin. "David Gets in Trouble." Horn Book Magazine 79.1 (2003): 61-62. Literary Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 8 July 2011.


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