Stage 5 reading - Literary devices
Students will learn to identify and analyse the effect of a range of literary devices in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts.
- EN5-2A: effectively uses and critically assesses a wide range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing a wide range of texts in different media and technologies
- EN5-3B: selects and uses language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts, describing and explaining their effects on meaning
National Literacy Learning Progression
UnT9: reads and views complex texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); 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: reads and views complex or some highly complex texts (see Text complexity) (comprehension); applies and articulates criteria to evaluate the language structures and features for relevance to purpose and audience (comprehension); analyses the techniques authors use to position readers (comprehension); demonstrates an understanding of nuances and subtleties in words of similar meaning (e.g. frustrated, discouraged, baffled) (vocabulary); verifies interpretations of unfamiliar words using grammatical and contextual cues (vocabulary)
UnT11: interprets symbolism in texts, providing evidence to justify interpretation (comprehension); evaluates the use of devices such as analogy, irony, rhetoric and satire and how they contribute to author’s individual style (comprehension); analyses the cumulative impact of use of language features and vocabulary across texts (comprehension)
NAPLAN item descriptors
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Students identify various literary devices.
‘The Road’ narrative textual analysis
Students explore similes in a narrative text.
Literary devices: informative texts
Students explore and evaluate a range of literary devices in informative texts.
Literary devices: persuasive techniques hunt
Students identify and analyse persuasive language devices in informative texts.
Literary devices: persuasive texts
Students track and analyse literary devices across persuasive texts.
Personification in a poem
Students explore and evaluate personification in a classic poe