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English / Year 8 / Language / Language for interaction

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Curriculum content descriptions

Understand how rhetorical devices are used to persuade and how different layers of meaning are developed through the use of metaphor, irony and parody (ACELA1542)

Elaborations
  • identifying and evaluating examples of how rhetorical devices reveal the dark or serious aspects of a topic in ways that cause laughter or amusement, for example by making a statement but implying/meaning the opposite (irony); exaggerating or overstating something (hyperbole); imitating or sending up something (parody), and making something appear less serious than it really is (understatement)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Literary devices,  Understatement,  Metaphors,  Irony,  Hyperbole,  Parodies

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Persuade me to make a difference

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Persuasive writing: albatrosses under threat

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Credibility and the news

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What makes a great speech?

Did you know that making a speech in public is rated as one of most people's greatest fears? There is however an art to making a great speech. Listen as Don Watson speech-writer for the former Prime minister Paul Keating, Michael Gurr playwright and speech-writer, and Ted Widmer foreign policy speech writer for former US ...

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Internet filters: a good idea?

Have you ever been confronted with something you didn't want to see while surfing the internet? When governments propose laws to filter the internet they can cause quite a stir, as shown in this clip from 2010. Many people think it's a great idea that will protect children, while others argue that such censorship limits ...

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Analysing Persuasive Language

This resource for students is a comprehensive explanation of how to analyse a persuasive article, from how to identify the contention and tone, to how persuasive techniques are used to position the reader. Techniques discussed, with examples, include the use of adjectives, adverbs, alliteration, appeals, anecdotes, everyday ...

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Descriptive Writing

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Memory in 'My Place'

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Hitting the funny bone with comedian Josh Thomas

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'The great Gatsby': dream or nightmare?

Often the impact of a novel lies in its ability to comment on society. In this audio clip, discover how American writer F Scott Fitzgerald challenges readers to reconsider the society in which they live. This clip from 'Books and arts daily' on Radio National is one in a series of eight.

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Running towards mental health

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Presenting a point of view about marriage equality

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Gary Crew and the role of objects

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Class and gender roles in 'Wuthering Heights'

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Crocodiles, jellyfish and self-expression

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Jessica's career in mining

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Drinking the substitute

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Pitching the perfect news story

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It's all in the tone

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Rethinking drinking alcohol

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