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Author’s Craft

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Analyze an author’s explicit and implicit purposes for writing

SKILL 2: Analyze the effects of an author’s rhetorical and stylistic choices

SKILL 3: Distinguish among opinion, fact, conjecture, and hypothesis in a text

SKILL 4: Recognize how an author uses evidence to support a particular position

SKILL 5: Recognize subtleties and differences in tone, such as the use of humor or irony to achieve a specific effect

 

  1. 1

    Analyze an author’s explicit and implicit purposes for writing

    Example

    In the following passage from a newspaper commentary written in 1968, an architecture critic discusses old theaters and concert halls.

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    The description in lines 20–21 (“temples . . . centers”) best serves to

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  2. 2

    Analyze the effects of an author’s rhetorical and stylistic choices

    Example

    In the following passage from a newspaper commentary written in 1968, an architecture critic discusses old theaters and concert halls.

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    What does the imagery in lines 40–43 suggest?

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Skills needed to score in the next band

As you read a text, consider the author’s use of rhetoric. How does the author try to make himself or herself believable? How does the author use evidence to support his or her point? Think about how the author’s use of rhetoric supports his or her purpose.

As you read a text, consider how the author carefully uses literary devices (such as understatement, mood, allusion, allegory, paradox, voice, and authorial persona) and figurative language. How does the author’s language and use of devices affect the text?

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