As Nancy Dean, the author of Voice Lessons, states, "Diction refers to the author's choice of words.  Words are the writer's basic tools:  they create the color and texture of the written work ...".  Don't skip words you don't understand when reading text ... that is tantamount to wearing earplugs to a symphony orchestra concert.  One must both "hear" the words and "feel" their effects!

In addition to analyzing diction in a variety of texts, we will discuss the following handouts:

1.  Diction.  Explanations and Group Activities.
2.  Diction - Positive, Negative, Neutral
3.  Words That Describe Language - The Fabulous Forty