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Pre AP English

Pre AP English - Literacy Terms for "Novel Note Cards"

Allusion A figure of speech that makes brief reference to a person, event, statement, or theme found in literature, history, myths, religions, the arts. or popular culture.
Atmosphere The general feeling created in the reader by the work at a given point. Synonymous with Mood.
Characters Figures in a literary work.
Flashback A scene that interupts the present action of a narrative work to depict an earlier event--often an event that occurred before the opening scene or the work--via reverie, remembrance, dreaming, or some other mechanism.
Foreshadow The technique of introducing into a native material that prepares the reader or audience for future event, actions, or revelations.
Imagery Refers to 1) the actual language that a writer uses to convey a visual picture; and 2) the use of figures of speech, often to express ideas in a vivid and innovative way.
Irony A contradiction or incongruity between appearance or expectation and reality. The literal meaning differs from the intended meaning.
Narration The act of process of recounting a story or events.
Personification Applying human qualities to animals, abstractions, or inanimate objects.
Plot The sequence of events in a story chosen to engage reader's interest that include the mood, characters, setting, and conflicts occurring in a story.
Point of View The vantage point from which a narrative is told.
Omniscient An all knowing narrator. The capacity to know everything infinitely.
A narrator not involved in the story is telling the story in third person.
A character in the story, telling the story is narrating in first person.
When the narrator speaks directly to the reader, the story is in second person.
Setting The combination of place, historical time, and social environment that provides the general background for the characters and plot.
Structure The planned framework of a piece of literature. Examples: Poem, Sonnet, Narration, Short Story, Epic, Novel, etc.
Style The way a literary work is written, the way an author expresses his/her thoughts and conveys the subject matter.
What produces the author's individual style? The message or material that the author communicates to the reader, along with how the author chooses to present it.
Symbol Something that stands for or suggests something larger and more complex -- like an idea or a range of interrelated ideas, attitudes, and practices.
Examples of a symbol: A flag of any country or the intertwined Olympic rings. More subtle ones can be a river, colors, or a bird.
Syntax The arrangement -- the ordering, grouping, and placement -- of words within a sentence.
Theme The central idea. The statement the text makes about a subject. It can be obvious, as in a moral or lesson, or more subtle.
Tone The attitude of the author toward the reader or the subject matter of a literary work. It may be serious, playful, mocking, angry, commanding, apologetic, etc.
Created by: crescenti