English / Year 3 / Literature / Examining literature

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Curriculum content descriptions

Discuss the nature and effects of some language devices used to enhance meaning and shape the reader’s reaction, including rhythm and onomatopoeia in poetry and prose (ACELT1600)

Elaborations
  • identifying the effect of imagery in texts, for example the use of imagery related to nature in haiku poems
  • exploring how rhythm, onomatopoeia and alliteration give momentum to poetry and prose read aloud, and enhance enjoyment
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Figures of speech

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Andy Griffiths on writing songs and stories

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Neighbours, Asia-Pacific: neighbours

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