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Reading Strategies and Literary Techniques

Reading Strategies

– know your purpose

– get cover clues

– check reliability

– check verso & intro.

– check pg. of contents

– check index & glossary

– assess margins & font

– assess titles & subhdgs.

– assess illus. & captions

– read 1st & last para. =  ch.

– read 1st & last sentence = para.

– adjust rdg. pace

– reread  or skim

– watch for transition wds.

– make predictions

– use context for vocab.

– make mental pictures

– stop & connect

– stop & compare

– use background knowledge

– stop & recite

– take notes

– draw diagrams

– infer author’s intent

– infer author’s beliefs

– assess value

– recommend

©2013 Sophie Rosen



powerful verbs

5-senses details

repetition – repeating words or

                phrases for effect

parallel structure – repeating the way

                phrases, sentences or paras.

                are organized

sentence length – altering for effect


alliteration – repetition of initial letters

assonance – repetition of vowel sounds

consonance – repetition of

                            consonant sounds

hyperbole – exaggerating for effect;

                e.g. tons of money

irony – saying the opposite of what is

                meant; e.g. ‘What a sunny day!’

                on a cloudy day.

litotes – understating for effect;

                e.g. not a bad idea

metaphor – comparing through

                implication; e.g. The car is

                a roaring dragon.

personification – giving human qualities

                to nonhumans;

                e.g. The sun smiled.

synecdoche – using part to stand for

                the whole; e.g. ‘Nice set of

                wheels!’ to mean a nice car.

simile – comparing using ‘as’ or ‘like’;

                e.g. That cat is like a dragon.

©2013 Sophie Rosen





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