2 Purpose Strategy to derive meaning from a text Analyze literature “Sift” through the parts to comprehend the whole
3 SIFT MethodSymbolImagesFigures of speechTone and Theme
4 Symbol Examine the title for symbolism How is symbolism used within the text?
5 Images 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?”
6 Figures 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
7 Tone 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
8 Your 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!
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