Lesson Plan

Teaching Tone with Nearpod

Interactive real time assessment of tone
Christine F.
Classroom teacher
Van Wyck Junior High School
Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
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Students will be able to...

State the effect different words have on the meaning of a sentence.

State the attitude the author appears to have based on the words he uses.

Select the most accurate tone of three short passages.

English Language Arts
Grades 7
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1 Screencast of Nearpod Lesson

Since it is not possible to link directly to a Nearpod lesson that is teacher created, I made a screencast of the presentation I created to teach tone. It can be found here:


When doing this, I recorded the view the teacher would see to show how answers would appear. As I scrolled through the presentation, I also had a laptop with the student version open to enter answers live. This is what accounts for the pause in the presentation. Also, to save time, I didn't fully answer each question, especially the open ended questions that required more than a one word answer. There is also class discussion that occurs with each slide, as well as a way to share a student's answer with all students' screens so they can see a model of a particularly good answer.

Teachers may select their own passages to include, and their own multiple choice answers depending on those passages. I found the passages I used in various classroom magazines.

The most effective part of this lesson is that students choose a word for "how the author sounds" (tone) in a free response slide without any answer choices, then justify their answers by selecting words that the author used in the text. In doing so, when students are faced with choices, they have already come close to the most accurate response.


Student Instructions

Students will need devices that are connected to the Internet. They may use laptops, ipads, or phones.

In order to participate in the lesson, students will need to go to Nearpod.com and enter the code the teacher provides to join the live session.