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Literary Terms 2 08

Literary terms

TermsDefinitions
Predict Try to figure out what might happen next. Then read on to see how accurate your guesses were.
Visualize Picture the people, places, and events being described to help you understand what’s happening.
Connect Connect personally with what you’re reading. Think of similarities between what is being described and what you have experienced, heard about, or read about.
Question Ask questions about events in the material you’re reading. What happened? Why? How do the people involved feel about the events? Searching for reasons can help you feel closer to what you are reading.
Clarify From time to time, review your understanding of what you have read. You can do this by summarizing what you have read, identifying the main idea, and making inferences – drawing conclusions from what you have read.
Evaluate Form opinions about what you read, both while you’re reading and after you’ve finished. Develop your own ideas about people, places, and events.
Rising Action series of small conflicts serving to build the plot
Mini conflicts small conflicts/problems occurring during rising action
Climax turning point of a story – occurs just before the major conflict is solved
Interview Conversation between two people in which one person asks the other a series of prepared question in order to gain information about the second person
Resolution end of the story – loose ends are “tied up”
Dynamic character character changes during the story
Static character character remains the same throughout the story
Protagonist hero / central character
Antagonist opposing character or force (of nature)
Voice a writer's unique use of language
Genre type of literature or format of writing
Fiction prose created from the imagination and usually narrative
Science fiction interplanetary travel is often part of the story; time travel may be part of the story
Historical fiction tells a story that is partly based on actual historical events and is partly made up
literary devices rhetorical elements used to create a desired mood or tone in a piece of writing
autobiography story written by the author about the author's life
essay scholarly writing about a specific topic; the author writes what he knows and understands about a particular topic
informative article news story or feature story to provide objective accounts of an event or to provide human interest stories on people of events
Created by: gdebrosse