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Author's Craft

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Use vocabulary clues to determine the tone of a text (the author’s attitude toward the subject of the text and toward the audience)

SKILL 2: Recognize elements of figurative language (such as metaphor) in a text

 

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    Use vocabulary clues to determine the tone of a text (the author’s attitude toward the subject of the text and toward the audience)

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    The author most likely refers to the “flea” in line 4 in order to

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Skills needed to score in the next band

As you read a text, think about the author’s purpose for writing (for example, to express his or her feelings about a subject, to inform the reader, to present an argument).

As you read a text, look for literary devices such as personification, metaphor, and hyperbole. As you identify them, think about what effect they have on the text.

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