Author's intent for literary techniques
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Analyzes the author's intent for - and role of - literary techniques (tone, hyperbole, symbolism, idiomatic, allusions, dialects, irony, shades of meaning and satire) used in a variety of genres. (GLE[9&10]4.1.2), (GLE[9&10]4.1.3),(GLE[9&10]4.5.1), (GLE[9&10]4.5.2), (GLE[9&10]4.5.3), (GLE[9&10]4.6.1), (GLE[9&10]4.6.2), (GLE[9&10]4.6.4)
KNOW Student should know the difference between author's purpose and intent. Student should also have an understanding of tone, hyperbole, symbolism, idiom, allusions, dialects, irony, shades of meaning, and satire.
ABLE TO DO
Students should be able to identify tone, hyperbole, symbolism, idiom, allusions, dialects, irony, shades of meaning, and satire as well as hypothesize as to why they were used in the text and give textual support to back up assertions.
Handbook of Literary Terms as found in the Cedar, Birch, Willow level text books. They give good definitions as well as examples of the technique often citing works that are available within the text book.
This worksheet requires the book:
Farrell, Dr. Edmund J., et al, eds. Literature and the Language Arts: The American Tradition. Pine Level. St. Paul, MN: EMC Paradigm Publishing, 2001.
Figuratively Speaking: Using Classic Literature to Teach 40 Literary Terms. Delana Heidrich
- Awesome lessons on Figurative Language, Poetic Language, Literary Techniques
- Student lessons include
- Examples from literature
- Understanding, Identifying, Recognizing
- Writing Tip
Tone:The attitude an author takes toward his subject, character, or reader. Tone is created through word choice (connotation) and details. A story's tone may be serious or humorous, angry, sympathetic, for example. A reader can miss the entire point of the story if the author's tone is misunderstood.
Hyperbole: Obvious exaggeration used to emphasize a point or add excitement or humor to a story.
Symbolism:The use of a concrete word or image used mainly to represent an abstract concept. Understanding the use of a word or image to suggest deeper meanings can help a reader gain more from the text. The meaning of the text can be found in the many facets of a symbol.
Idiom:An expression that means something different from what it says. Idioms are culturally based. The British and Americans, for example, speak the same language but have different idioms.
Allusions: A reference made to a famous person, place, or event. Allusions can refer to historical events, geographic locations, Bible verses, mythology, poems, stories, characters, music, movies, plays or art. Allusions can conjure up complex images, ideas, or emotions in just a few words or phrases. Readers must recognize references for them to be effective.
Dialect:An author's use of speech patterns that fit a character's background. Dialect differs in its details of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and expression. It gives hints about a character's regional, educational, social, economic, and historical background. Dialect helps to make a character and setting appear realistic.
IronyA contradictory statement or situation. Verbal irony occurs when a character says one thing but means the opposite. Situational irony occurs when what happens in a story is the opposite of what is expected to happen. Dramatic irony occurs when the reader has information that one or more of the characters does not have. Shades of meaning:
Satire:Writing makes fun of habits,ideas, or weaknesses in a person, an institution, an entire society, or humanity in general. Satire can be witty and tolerant or biting and vicious. It is often written with the intent of exposing or correcting a problem.
- "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathon Swift
Two Stories Taught in Conjunction (one is satire of the other)
- "The Vagabond"
- "The Tale Of the Bad Little Boy" by Mark Twain