Stage 4 reading - Literary devices
Students will learn to interpret and analyse a range of literary devices, including metaphor and figurative language, in varying texts.
- EN4-1A: responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
- EN4-2A: effectively uses a widening range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies
- EN4-3B: uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts
National Literacy Learning Progression
UnT9: analyses the use of language appropriate to different types of texts (e.g. compare the use of pun in imaginative and persuasive texts) (comprehension); identifies language used to create tone or atmosphere (vocabulary); analyses language and visual features in texts using metalanguage (e.g. cohesion, interpretation, figurative) (vocabulary)
UnT10: applies and articulates criteria to evaluate the language structures and features for relevance to purpose and audience (comprehension)
UnT11: evaluates the use of devices such as analogy, irony, rhetoric and satire and how they contribute to an author’s individual style (comprehension); analyses the cumulative impact of use of language features and vocabulary across texts (comprehension); interprets symbolism in texts, providing evidence to justify interpretation (comprehension); interprets complex, formal and impersonal language in academic texts (vocabulary)
NAPLAN item descriptors
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Identify and define figurative language
Students identify and define language devices used in a range of texts.
Identifying figurative language in text
Students predict language, identify devices and analyse their effect.
Interpret and analyse literary devices in poetry
Students read a poem, highlighting any literary devices evident in the text. Students annotate on the poem, identifying what they can infer from the devices.
Interpret and analyse literary devices in information texts
Students analyse how literary devices are used in information texts to communicate ideas and shape meaning.
Analyse irony and satire in images
Students analyse cartoons and images for both satirical and ironic elements.
Analyse personification in prose fiction
Students identify, analyse and create examples of personification.
Analyse personification in informative texts
Students explore and analyse how personification can be used in texts other than fiction to make concepts easier to understand