Annotating Literary Devices

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Attacking, Analyzing and Annotating a Passage 1. Read the passage silently to get the total effect. 2. At the bottom of the page, make quick notes on some basic facts about the passage. I use the five W's. • Who is the speaker? • When and where is the scene? • What is going on in this passage; what is the context? • Why-you can do this later. 3. Begin analyzing closely. Reread the passage slowly. Circle or underline any words that suggest something to you about a character's beliefs and feelings or that you think the author is using to create a particular effect. RESPOND TO THE WRITING. What inferences can you make from the words, sentences and literary devices the author uses? What does the writing make you feel or think? Do you see any patterns of imagery or figurative language? Think about the subtext.…show more content…
Here are the things I look for when I'm annotating: a. Literary devices-similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing, symbols, hyperbole. Note the device and-- most important--the effect the device has. Connotations-The ideas that words or phrases create in your mind, beyond their dictionary definition. Details-What impression do they make on you? Do you see any patterns in the language the author has chosen in this paragraph? b. Mood-Note the effect that the author's language creates. What specific words create this mood? c. The sound of the author's words-Does the author use alliteration or onomatopoeia? How does the author use rhyme and rhythm? d. Does the author use any special tone, such as irony, or humor? What impression does this tone create? 5. To finish annotating, ask the question, “So what?” Go back to the “Why” in your five W's and
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