Reading aloud to develop fluency and appreciation of mood.
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from A Story Like the Wind series
Required reading: Pages 45-59
- Narrative features: Mood
- Narrative features: Suspense
- Fluency Approaches
In literature, mood is a literary element that evokes emotion through the description of the setting, the author’s tone, themes and diction. This section A Story Like the Wind builds tension and excitement. The techniques used to create the mood are analysed through reading aloud and discussing the effects produced by word choice, sentence length and sentence construction.
- Annotate pages 45 – 59 in advance to prepare for reading aloud.
- Copies of pages 50 – 51 for groups to annotate.
- Read aloud expressively to the class using pace, pause and volume to demonstrate how tension and excitement are built in this part of the story. Through your reading, you can demonstrate the contrast between the rising tension, the climax and the anticlimax.
After reading, share initial responses of what’s happening in the story.
- What do you think will happen next?
- What did you notice about the way I read the story?
Make the point that when we read aloud, we can:
Vary volume from quiet to loud:
Practise counting from 1 – 10 starting with a bare whisper and 10 being the loudest volume.
Now try it in reverse: loud to quiet.
Play with emphasis
Try reading these lines emphasizing different words:
- Which sounds better in the context of the story?
Different emphases create different meanings. Some will sound effective others will not.
Experiment with pace
Try reading this section getting faster and faster.
- Does it sound better if you keep increasing the pace or if you slow down for the last clause? Which has the most impact?
But the moment the white stallion’s feet touched the soft grass, he tossed his head and raced after the back stallion. The white stallion was galloping faster than he had ever galloped before, his hooves thundering over the ground, his mane and tail streaming out behind him. The earth spun beneath them and it felt to Suke as if they were flying.
Distribute copies of page 50 – 51
Working pairs, ask the children to practise reading these pages. Encourage them to annotate the page to help them decide how to read.
Explain that the purpose is to experiment to discover which ways of reading best communicate the meaning.
- Gather the children and ask what they found out from experimenting and practising reading.
- Did you discover anything from trying things different ways of reading?
- What emotions did you feel when you were reading this part of the story?
Explain that we call the emotional effect of a piece of writing the mood.
- Discuss with your partner the words you would use to describe the mood of this passage.
stride, gallop, pick, pace, flared, streaming, flowed, thundering