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Short Story Terms

short story terms, plot diagram & other story elements at 7th Grade Level

QuestionAnswer
plot order of events in a selection
introduction beginning of a story revealing the setting, characters & hint of the conflict
conflict tension or struggle
rising action building of tension, development of conflict
climax turning point, point of decision, action that's been building up in the story takes a different turn
falling action incidents as a result of main character's decision
resolution (conclusion) ending of story, conflict should be resolved
foreshadowing hints of what is to come
flashback an episode which takes the reader back as though the event described is currently happening
sub-plot a story withint a story
parallel episode repeated elements of the plot or events happening at the same time--sometimes done w/out the main character’s knowledge
external conflict a problem outside the character
internal conflict a problem inside a character
point of view through whose eyes a story is being told
1st person a character in the story tells the story
3rd person a character outside the story tells the story
symbol has meaning in itself but represents something else
mood the feeling the reader gets upon reading a selection
tone author's attitude toward subject
setting where & when
theme main underlying idea of a selection
moral a lesson the story in trying to teach
antagonist opposes the main character
protagonist main character
dialogue talk between characters
characterization how an author creates life-like characters
irony a contrast between what appears to be & what really is
imagery words appealing to the 5 senses
inference a logical guess based on evidence
Created by: saltandlight on 2011-01-30



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