Narrator and Voice English II – Chapter 3
Learning Objective We will be able to explain how the choice of a narrator affects the tone of a text.
APK – Activate Prior Knowledge Think back to last year and recall what you learned about narrator and voice?
Why is this important? Nearly 30% of the CAHSEE questions involve literary response and analysis. You will be improving your analytical and problem solving skills which can be applied to ANY academic discipline or future career.
Academic Vocabulary Point of View – the vantage point from which a writer narrates a story
Omniscient Point of View This narrator: is NOT part of the action or a character in the story is all-knowing uses third-person pronouns such as “he,” “she,” “they,” etc.
First-Person Point of View This narrator: IS a part of the action AND a character in the story only knows one perspective uses the first-person pronoun “I”
Third-Person LimitedPoint of View This narrator: is NOT a part of the action or a part of the story only knows one perspective uses third-person pronouns such as “he,” “she,” “they,” etc.
First, Third and Omniscient Third person POV is like a hybrid of the other two. It’s as if ONE person is relaying a story he or she heard, but was not present when the action actually happened.
Let’s Try To Identify Point of View! Guided practice Please see your graphic organizer
Concept Development Narrator – The storyteller (NOT the author) Voice – The writer’s diction and tone Diction – The writer’s choice of words Tone – The attitude a writer takes toward a subject, character, or the reader
The Narrator/Tone Connection • Once we have identified the narrator’s point of view, how do we identify the tone? (Remember, tone is the attitude being expressed) • Try to imagine HOW these words are being said
Determining Tone(Writer’s feelings/attitude) Look at the writer’s diction (writer’s choice of words) to identify the tone. What general feelings are created by the writer’s diction? Does the narrator make any jokes? If so, are these jokes lighthearted and humorous, or bitter and sarcastic?
TONE WORDS • Bitter • Serious • Witty • Playful • Melancholy • Reflective • Humorous • Sarcastic • Angry • Admiring • Joyous • Romantic
Now Let’s Try to Identify Tone! Please see your graphic organizer
Closure 1)Turn to a neighbor and share something you learned today about narrator and tone. 2)Why is understanding narrator and tone important?
Independent Practice • Look at the two passages. Identify the following for each: • 1. What is the point of view? • What is the tone of the passage? • What clues tell you the tone?