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Author’s Craft

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Infer an author’s purpose for writing

SKILL 2: Recognize the use of irony and the effects of other sophisticated literary devices, such as symbolism, in a text

SKILL 3: Determine the function of words and devices in limited sections of text

SKILL 4: Analyze how an author achieves specific effects using rhetorical devices and strategies

 

  1. 1

    Infer an author’s purpose for writing

    Example

    Passage 1 is adapted from an essay initially published in the early 1800s, while Passage 2 is adapted from a 1980 book on travel in the 1920s and 1930s.

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    The statement in lines 3–4 (“I am . . . alone”) is an example of:

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  2. 2

    Recognize the use of irony and the effects of other sophisticated literary devices, such as symbolism, in a text

    Example

    Passage 1 is adapted from an essay initially published in the early 1800s, while Passage 2 is adapted from a 1980 book on travel in the 1920s and 1930s.

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    In the last paragraph of Passage 1 (lines 26–37), the author does which of the following?

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Skills needed to score in the next band

As you read a text, think about why the author chose to write it. Consider both what the author says in the text and what you can infer.

As you read a text, consider how the author’s language and the structure of the text affect the way the author makes his or her point. What kind of support does the author provide? Does the author speculate, cite facts, or express an opinion? How can you tell? How does the author’s tone relate to the topic?

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