Objective: Tone. The first literary device Washington Irving utilizes in the story is tone. The objective of this lesson is to review how tone is established and utilized throughout The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
1) Partnered Activity: Divide the class into pairs. Have students create a list and scour through the story searching for changes in tone. Students are to note how the tone changes and when. Be prepared to share with the class. The class should have a master list of tone changes and shifts throughout The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
2) Class Discussion: What is tone? What is the initial tone of the story? What sets up the belief that anything can happen in Sleepy Hollow? How does the narrator's lengthy descriptions of the setting add to the tone? When does the tone change?
3) Writing Assignment: The tone of the scene after the Van Tassel party is...
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