Story Tone List

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This story tone list has been designed to help students who are learning about identifying the tone of a story.

Download this story tone list for your students to use as a tool.

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What is story tone?

The tone of a story conveys the emotional atmosphere the story creates. It’s the vibe that lingers when you finish reading. It is a part of the feelings evoked and the emotions stirred in the reader. When you are looking at the tone, you are looking at the emotional language of the story.

Why is it important?

Understanding the story tone helps our students develop a deeper connection with the text. It enhances their comprehension skills. It also empowers them to engage with characters, events, and themes on a new level.

Story Tone List

Below is a list of story tones. If you would like the printable version, you will find it at the bottom of the post. I have also created an alternative list that not only shares the story tone but also helps to describe the tone and gives an example.

  • adventurous
  • angry
  • bittersweet
  • compassionate
  • cynical
  • dreamy
  • eerie
  • exciting
  • exhilarating
  • frightening
  • gloomy
  • hopeless
  • humble
  • humorous
  • joyful
  • lighthearted
  • melancholic
  • melodramatic
  • mysterious
  • nostalgic
  • optimistic
  • peaceful
  • reflective
  • sad
  • serious
  • suspenseful
  • tense
  • triumphant
  • vengeful
  • whimsical

You can download this list of story tones here:

Printable List

Looking for the list with the descriptions and examples? You will find it here:

Printable List with Explanations

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