Stage 2 reading - Literary devices

Learning focus

Students learn to identify literary devices in texts and analyse its effect. Students will explore simile, alliteration, metaphor and personification.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-8B: identifies and compares different kinds of texts when reading and viewing and shows an understanding of purpose, audience and subject matter.

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: identifies parts of text used to answer literal and inferential questions (process); identifies creative use of language (a very tall character is called ‘Tiny’) (vocabulary)
  • UnT7: answers inferential questions (comprehension); interprets creative use of language (figurative language, metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia) (vocabulary)
  • UnT8: reads and views some moderately complex texts - see text complexity) (comprehension); poses and answers inferential questions (comprehension); recognises how the use of antonyms, synonyms and common idiomatic language enhance meaning in a text (vocabulary)

NAPLAN item descriptors

The relevant NAPLAN item descriptors are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task outline

Full task descriptions are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task 1: Senses and onomatopoeia

Students practice describing things using various senses and their find examples of both sense and onomatopoeia in texts (five activities).

Task 2: Alliteration

Students create their own examples and identify alliteration in texts (four activities).

Task 3: Analogy and personification

Students create their own analogies and identify personification in texts (four activities).

Task 4: Simile

Students identify examples of simile, investigate what impact these have on a text and why authors use this figurative language device (four actitivies).

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