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Author’s Craft

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Analyze the overall purpose of an author’s text

SKILL 2: Analyze how sophisticated rhetorical devices support an author’s purposes

SKILL 3: Analyze how the sophisticated use of literary devices and figurative language (such as extended metaphors, complicated analogies, and symbolic images) achieve specific effects

 

  1. 1

    Analyze the overall purpose of an author's text

    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 question in line 9 is intended to

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  2. 2

    Analyze how sophisticated rhetorical devices support an author's purposes

    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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    In lines 27-30, the author uses the word “conventional” several times in order to

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