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Stylistic Features of Texts - Language and Structure

Stylistic Features of Texts - Language and Structure


There's nothing better than a solid collection of style conventions to help students with the features of LANGUAGE and STRUCTURE when close reading or writing. So often we give these out as alphabetized lists, or in a piecemeal fashion (because it's all such a rush, right?!), but that makes them harder for students to understand and use.


This booklet is divided into two parts - LANGUAGE and STRUCTURE - and then within each of those parts devices are grouped.  You'll find:

➀ LANGUAGE FEATURES - under which are the following groups:

✅ Figurative language

✅ Sound devices

✅ Vocabulary (eg: connotations, colloquialisms, jargon, neologism...)

✅ Miscellaneous features (eg: euphemism, cliche, pun, sarcasm...)

✅ Persuasive language

✅ Connectives

✅ Posh words for formal writing

✅ Tense (explanation and short activity here)

✅ Redundant language (explanation and short activity here)


➁ STRUCTURAL FEATURES - under which appear the following groups:

✅ Narration in creative writing

✅ Narration in formal writing

✅ The words of others (quotations, paraphrasing etc)

✅ Syntax - changing it up a bit!

✅ Interesting sentence beginnings

✅ Awesome sentence structures for creative writing

✅ Sentence structures for formal writing

✅ Using structure to show meaning.

Text arrangement:  organising text IDEAS and organising how texts LOOK (formatting).  Note, if you want help with the formatting side of structure, see my 15 templates for 15 genre.


PLEASE NOTE - these lists appear in my Book 2 resource for NCEA 1.3 Writing (although in a slightly altered format), so you might not want to purchase this resource if you already have that one!) ⛔


This resource includes:

⭐ An orginal, completely editable copy of the booklet. (In Microsoft Powerpoint, resized to an A4 format. Use as is, print, or upload easily to Google where it will convert to A4 Slides.)

⭐ A 'flat-packed' booklet to share with students digitally. (In Microsoft Powerpoint, resized to an A4 format.)  Students can type into it, but can't edit information or destroy the formatting because it's 'locked'.

⭐ A PDF version.


You and your students will enjoy:

❤️ A table of contents page - clickable for students using a digital version.

❤️ The way the booklet is formatted into groups of features.

❤️ Clear definitions, explanations and examples.

❤️ Room to write/type additional features as you move through the year.

❤️ Tick boxes beside each feature/device that can be used to check off when students know a feature, find a feature in a text they're reading or use a feature in their writing. These help them keep track of features as they're studying or using them - self and resource management!

❤️ A bit of humour and teen-speak. No pompous explanations here!



Also helpful are these related products:

✍  1.3 Writing - Book 1 - Understanding the Writing Process

✍ 1.3 Writing - Book 2 - Prompts, Intentions, Language, Structure

✍ 1.3 Writing - Formatting Templates (15 templates for 15 genre)

✍ 1.3 Writing Intentions

✍ Fast and Accurate Writing - The Daily Dash

✍ My collection of mini lessons for targeted teaching in just about everything (aka Glitter and Glue)!


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  • Sharing/Copying this Resource

    Buy one for your department, but do NOT share with your mate in schools down the road, and do NOT take this with you to your new school.  Please play fair.  Thanks in advance :)

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