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Literary Vocabulary

Mrs. Deters 3-25-14

Narrator the person telling the story
Narrative a story with a beginning, middle, and end, characters and conflict
Plot the sequence of events in a story
Exposition the introduction. it introduces the characters and setting
Rising action a series of events that builds up from the conflict. this portion of the plot end with the climax
conflicts problems that take place in a story
climax the major turning point of the story
falling action events after the climax, leading to the resolution
resolution end of the story where all loose ends are tied up
mood the feeling created by a literary work or passage
paraphrase to restate in your own words. the message does not shorten the length
style anything special or unique about the way a writer writes
predict using prior knowledge to explain what you think will happen in the future
irony when the opposite of what you think will happen happens
dramatic irony when a reader is aware of something that a character isn't
text organization the way in which an author presents the information in their article or story. chronological order (sequencing), problem/solution, cause and effect, compare-contrast, describing
chronological order (sequencing) the order in which events happen in time
forshadowing the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
inference using text evidence and your own prior knowledge to make an educated guess about something that is not directly stated
summary give the main point or idea and the most important details
tone the attitude with which a text or part of a text is written ex. serious, humorous, etc.
evidence supporting materials used to prove or disprove something
fact a concept whose truth can be proven
opinion a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty - an assumption
thesis the primary position taken by an writer
narrative poetry poetry that tells a story it has a beginning, middle, and end characters and conflict.
lyric poetry poetry that expresses the thoughts and feelings about one topic.
imagery writing that appeals to one or more of the five senses and helps create a mental picture.
alliteration use of the same constant sound next to each other
onomatopoeia words that make sounds- bam
metaphor comparing two unlike things without using like or as; by saying one is the other
simile comparing two unlike things by using like or as
characterization writing that reveals that personality of a character
rhythm a pattern of sounds that you hear when reading
antagonist the character who opposes the main character
protagonist the main character in the story
symbol something that represents something else in a literary work
theme a reoccurring idea or concept in a story
Created by: KaSlaydon



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