Lesson Eight: Identifying and Using Narrative Techniques in a Text

Curriculum links: Year 7 – ACELY1721 Year 9 – ACELA1770

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Lesson structure

  1. As a hook to this lesson, talk about the hair care product, shampoo. Explain that in some countries, chemical products like shampoo are tested on animals as a means of identifying the potential for harmful health side-effects in humans. Discuss as a class why Australia has decided to ban cosmetics testing on animals.
  2. Explain that we will be using a different type of ‘shampoo’ in today’s lesson. We will be using the acronym ‘SHAMPOO’ as a type of mnemonic device to help us remember some important figurative language techniques (Simile, Hyperbole, Alliteration, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron). Check to make sure that students understand the meaning of both ‘acronym’ and ‘mnemonic device’.
  3. Display the acronym using the Lesson 8 Narrative Writing PowerPoint slides.
  4. Students should be encouraged to look up the meanings of these different figurative language techniques, filling in the Figurative language worksheet as they find the definitions.
  5. Explain to students that using rich language techniques is very important in narrative writing, as it helps to bring the words to life.

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