Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 5.5. Literary Devices

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Literary and Linguistic Devices are ways of using words to enhance the readability, meaning and cohesion of a text. They can include devices such as metaphors, allusions, alliteration, parallelisms and cohesive ties.

Definition (informal)

Literary Devices: How does it sound?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example uses parallelisms to help to give sentences clarity by using similar forms and structures.  For example:

The first teacher demonstrates a realist view of intelligence (you will always be what you are).  The second teacher demonstrates an idealist view of intelligence (you can be what you are not).

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

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