Stage 4 reading - Literary devices
Students 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: identifies how authors create a sense of playfulness (pun, alliteration) (comprehension); analyses how language in texts serves different purposes (identifies how descriptive language is used differently in informative and persuasive texts) - see grammar (process); identifies language used to create tone or atmosphere (vocabulary)
- UnT10: evaluates the effectiveness of language forms and features used in moderately complex or some sophisticated texts - see text complexity (comprehension)
- UnT11: evaluates the use of devices such as analogy, irony and satire (comprehension); analyses how authors manipulate language features, image and sound for a purpose (to create humour or playfulness) (comprehension); interprets symbolism in texts, providing evidence to justify interpretation (comprehension); interprets and analyses complex figurative language (euphemisms, hyperbole) (vocabulary)
NAPLAN item descriptors
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Task 1: Identifying and define figurative language
Students identify and define language devices used in a range of texts (five activities).
Task 2: Identifying figurative language in text
Students predict language, identify devices and analyse their effect (four activities).
Task 3: Interpret and analyse literary devices in poetry
Students read a poem, highlighting any literary devices evident in text. Students annotate on the poem what they can infer from the devices (three activities).
Task 4: Analyse irony and satire in images
Students analyse cartoons and images for both satirical and ironic elements (three activities).