2Purpose Strategy to derive meaning from a text Analyze literature “Sift” through the parts to comprehend the whole
3SIFT MethodSymbolImagesFigures of speechTone and Theme
4Symbol Examine the title for symbolism How is symbolism used within the text?
5Images Identify images and sensory details How does the writer “show” rather than “tell”?How does image help produce mood and tone?Ask yourself:“What do I see, hear, taste, smell, feel?”“What effect is the writer trying to convey?”
6Figures of Speech and other Devices Analyze figurative language and other devicesExamples: similes, metaphors, personificationHow do they convey effect and meaning?What about other devices such as:IronyAllusion
7Tone and ThemeClose examination of word choice, imagery, and detail reveals the tone.To determine theme, you mightList the ideas that emerge from reading the textThink about what life-lesson was learned by the main characters or by you, the reader
8Your task: Break into two groups Using the stories “Appointment with Love” and “The Chaser,” perform a SIFT analysis.Only one written analysis per group is required but everyone should participate!