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Published: 24/09/2019
KS4 KS5 | Reading
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Words to describe a writer's tone

This resource provides students with a bank of words to describe a writer's tone. The words are sorted into positive, negative and neutral. 

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In your GCSE English exams, identifying a writer’s tone could access you higher marks as it can demonstrate perceptiveness and sensitivity.

  • The more specific you can be the better; don’t just say ‘the tone is positive/negative’.
  • Here are some words you could use to describe tone – they are grouped into positive, negative and neutral to make them easier to remember.
  1. Circle any words that are unfamiliar and find a definition using a dictionary or an online dictionary.

Positive Tone

Neutral Tone

Negative Tone

light-hearted

 

reflective

 

aggressive

 

humorous

 

ironic

 

threatening

 

 
   

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